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Wow! Thank you, Marcia!

There is one more opportunity to catch the opera, Treasure Valley.
Get your tickets to tomorrow’s matinee of Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING at OPERAIDAHO.ORG.
Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking opens tonight, a heart-wrenching story of grief and redemption. Join us at The Egyptian Theatre.

Tickets and more information: operaidaho.org
We open tonight!
Get your tickets at OPERAIDAHO.ORG!
This weekend: DEAD MAN WALKING by American composer, Jake Heggie.

Dead Man Walking is based on a 1993 memoir of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, which was subsequently made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. It is a heart-wrenching story of grief, grace and redemption, recounting Sister Helen’s courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his ex*****on.

Two performances!
❓When? Friday April 22 • 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 24 • 2:30 pm
Tickets: $26 – $79, plus fees & tax

❓Where? The Egyptian Theatre
700 West Main Street, Boise

NOTE: Facemasks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Get your tickets at OPERAIDAHO.ORG, Treasure Valley. As always, thank you for supporting Opera Idaho, our visiting artists, creative team, orchestra, chorus, supers, children’s chorus, etc.

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Opera Idaho is delighted to announce the 2022-2023 Season. This will be Opera Idaho's 50th season, which points to our 50th anniversary, celebrated in November 2023. The season includes a little bit for everybody, from outdoor concerts for the whole family featuring food trucks, dancing, musical theaters, opera favorites and even Mariachi music, to beloved opera classics on the main stage! Watch the video below, as our General Director Mark Junkert and Artistic Advisor Cecilia Violetta López talk about the upcoming season.

Full season details at operaidaho.org
Join us for Bach's Mass in B minor, at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information at operaidaho.org.
Join us for Bach's Mass in B minor, at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information at operaidaho.org.
We are delighted by all the support we receive year after year and we would love your your feedback to know how we're doing. If you have a few minutes to fill out our survey, we'd be grateful for your input. You'll even have a chance to win two tickets to Operatini.*

Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/yQkkAWeW69

* Only available for the 8:15 pm Operatini, includes dinner for two and the performance, valued at $72 plus tax. Beverages sold separately.
Opera Idaho's choral ensemble Critical Mass Vocal Artists presents Monuments with Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor. This intimate performance will feature soloists Amanda Gardner Porter, Victoria Esposito, Sable Strout, Patrick Starke, and Jack Canfield (the later four are Opera Idaho's Emerging Artists), and the Boise Baroque Orchestra.

Featuring:

Amanda Gardner Porter, Soprano
Victoria Esposito, Soprano
Sable Strout, Mezzo-soprano
Patrick Starke, Tenor
Jack Canfield, Baritone
C Michael Porter, Conductor

Bach's Mass in B minor is one of the most profound and astounding spiritual testaments ever composed. It is the summation of Bach's lifetime of creating music. Unlike the majority of his music, which was written for church services, Bach wrote it to leave a musical legacy. It represents an attempt to both summarize the tradition of the Mass in a single perfect specimen and leave a statement on the nature of sacred music as a bequest to the future.

Monuments
Bach's Mass in B minor
with Boise Baroque Orchestra
Saturday, February 26 • 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church
950 W State St, Boise
Tickets: Adult/Senior $15, Child/Student $10
http://operaidaho.org/the-season/events/critical-mass-vocal-artists/
Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful production!!
Bravi! 🎉🍾
Meet the creative team for our production of CARMEN: Director, Andrew Nienaber and Conductor, Michael Sakir.

✨Andrew Nienaber's productions of The Barber of Seville have been called "a rousing success" by the Winston-Salem Journal, and “legitimately hilarious” by Berkshire Fine Arts, and his Elixir of Love for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, awarded the American Prize for "Best Opera Performance of the Year", was hailed as "utterly, fabulously engaging," and "…one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season…"
His other directing credits include Tosca for l'Opera de Montreal, Opera Idaho, Opera Birmingham and Permian Basin Opera, Rusalka for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, The Magic Flute for Piedmont Opera and The Elixir of Love for Opera Idaho and Hubbard Hall Opera. He currently serves as the first Artistic Director in Permian Basin Opera’s history, helping to guide the company’s artistic vision as they venture into the business of producing opera.

http://andrewnienaber.com

✨Conductor Michael Sakir has been praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling." He serves as the Artistic Director of Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Music Director of the Opera Company of Middlebury. He recently completed his fourth and final season as Music Director of Opera Memphis, with whom he was deeply involved in the company's groundbreaking civic practice programs, community partnerships, and commissioning projects.

In the 2021-2022 season, Sakir conducts The Barber of Seville and Le nozze di Figaro with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Tchaikovsky's rarely-heard masterpiece The Maid of Orleans with the Opera Company of Middlebury. He makes his guest debut with Opera Idaho conducting Carmen and with Temple University conducting Le nozze di Figaro.

http://www.michaelsakir.com

We hope you get a chance to come to today’s matinee performance, Boise!
🎫 OPERAIDAHO.ORG
#carmen #opera #operaidaho #director #conductor #creative #team #french #music #boise

It's the Voices! WHO WE ARE

Opera Idaho Staff:

Mark Junkert
-General Director
[email protected]

Stephanie Derentz
-Development & Marketing Director
[email protected]

Tony Hartshorn
- Production Manager
[email protected]

Fernando Menendez
-Marketing & Education Manager
[email protected]

Nik Dumas
-Artistic Administrator
[email protected]

Merri Carr
-Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]

Kelly Kaye
-Chorus Master

For more information visit our website at www.operaidaho.org

Operating as usual

Dialogue | The Death Penalty | Season 1998 | Episode 1 04/24/2022

Dialogue | The Death Penalty | Season 1998 | Episode 1

Wow! Thank you, Marcia!

There is one more opportunity to catch the opera, Treasure Valley.
Get your tickets to tomorrow’s matinee of Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING at OPERAIDAHO.ORG.

Dialogue | The Death Penalty | Season 1998 | Episode 1 Marcia Franklin talks with death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean.

Photos from Opera Idaho's post 04/22/2022

Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking opens tonight, a heart-wrenching story of grief and redemption. Join us at The Egyptian Theatre.

Tickets and more information: operaidaho.org

Dead Man Walking comes to Opera Idaho 04/22/2022

Dead Man Walking comes to Opera Idaho

We open tonight!
Get your tickets at OPERAIDAHO.ORG!

Dead Man Walking comes to Opera Idaho From book to film to opera, "Dead Man Walking" tackles the age old theme of redemption in a new way.

04/18/2022

This weekend: DEAD MAN WALKING by American composer, Jake Heggie.

Dead Man Walking is based on a 1993 memoir of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, which was subsequently made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. It is a heart-wrenching story of grief, grace and redemption, recounting Sister Helen’s courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution.

Two performances!
❓When? Friday April 22 • 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 24 • 2:30 pm
Tickets: $26 – $79, plus fees & tax

❓Where? The Egyptian Theatre
700 West Main Street, Boise

NOTE: Facemasks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Get your tickets at OPERAIDAHO.ORG, Treasure Valley. As always, thank you for supporting Opera Idaho, our visiting artists, creative team, orchestra, chorus, supers, children’s chorus, etc.

Opera Idaho's 50th Season 04/08/2022

Opera Idaho's 50th Season

Opera Idaho is delighted to announce the 2022-2023 Season. This will be Opera Idaho's 50th season, which points to our 50th anniversary, celebrated in November 2023. The season includes a little bit for everybody, from outdoor concerts for the whole family featuring food trucks, dancing, musical theaters, opera favorites and even Mariachi music, to beloved opera classics on the main stage! Watch the video below, as our General Director Mark Junkert and Artistic Advisor Cecilia Violetta López talk about the upcoming season.

Full season details at operaidaho.org

Opera Idaho's 50th Season General Director Mark Junkert and Artistic Advisor Cecilia Violetta López talk about the upcoming 2022-2023 season.Full season detail at operaidaho.org

02/22/2022

Join us for Bach's Mass in B minor, at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information at operaidaho.org.

02/18/2022

Join us for Bach's Mass in B minor, at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information at operaidaho.org.

02/16/2022

We are delighted by all the support we receive year after year and we would love your your feedback to know how we're doing. If you have a few minutes to fill out our survey, we'd be grateful for your input. You'll even have a chance to win two tickets to Operatini.*

Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/yQkkAWeW69

* Only available for the 8:15 pm Operatini, includes dinner for two and the performance, valued at $72 plus tax. Beverages sold separately.

Photos from Opera Idaho's post 02/16/2022

Opera Idaho's choral ensemble Critical Mass Vocal Artists presents Monuments with Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor. This intimate performance will feature soloists Amanda Gardner Porter, Victoria Esposito, Sable Strout, Patrick Starke, and Jack Canfield (the later four are Opera Idaho's Emerging Artists), and the Boise Baroque Orchestra.

Featuring:

Amanda Gardner Porter, Soprano
Victoria Esposito, Soprano
Sable Strout, Mezzo-soprano
Patrick Starke, Tenor
Jack Canfield, Baritone
C Michael Porter, Conductor

Bach's Mass in B minor is one of the most profound and astounding spiritual testaments ever composed. It is the summation of Bach's lifetime of creating music. Unlike the majority of his music, which was written for church services, Bach wrote it to leave a musical legacy. It represents an attempt to both summarize the tradition of the Mass in a single perfect specimen and leave a statement on the nature of sacred music as a bequest to the future.

Monuments
Bach's Mass in B minor
with Boise Baroque Orchestra
Saturday, February 26 • 7:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church
950 W State St, Boise
Tickets: Adult/Senior $15, Child/Student $10
http://operaidaho.org/the-season/events/critical-mass-vocal-artists/

Photos from Opera Idaho's post 02/09/2022

Photos from Opera Idaho's post

Photos from Michael Sakir, Conductor's post 01/31/2022

Congratulations to all involved in this wonderful production!!
Bravi! 🎉🍾

Photos from Opera Idaho's post 01/30/2022

Meet the creative team for our production of CARMEN: Director, Andrew Nienaber and Conductor, Michael Sakir.

✨Andrew Nienaber's productions of The Barber of Seville have been called "a rousing success" by the Winston-Salem Journal, and “legitimately hilarious” by Berkshire Fine Arts, and his Elixir of Love for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, awarded the American Prize for "Best Opera Performance of the Year", was hailed as "utterly, fabulously engaging," and "…one of the most charming entertainment experiences you can have this season…"
His other directing credits include Tosca for l'Opera de Montreal, Opera Idaho, Opera Birmingham and Permian Basin Opera, Rusalka for Resonance Works Pittsburgh, The Magic Flute for Piedmont Opera and The Elixir of Love for Opera Idaho and Hubbard Hall Opera. He currently serves as the first Artistic Director in Permian Basin Opera’s history, helping to guide the company’s artistic vision as they venture into the business of producing opera.

http://andrewnienaber.com

✨Conductor Michael Sakir has been praised for his "artistic authority," "fluidity of expression," and "great delicacy of feeling." He serves as the Artistic Director of Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Music Director of the Opera Company of Middlebury. He recently completed his fourth and final season as Music Director of Opera Memphis, with whom he was deeply involved in the company's groundbreaking civic practice programs, community partnerships, and commissioning projects.

In the 2021-2022 season, Sakir conducts The Barber of Seville and Le nozze di Figaro with Intermountain Opera Bozeman and Tchaikovsky's rarely-heard masterpiece The Maid of Orleans with the Opera Company of Middlebury. He makes his guest debut with Opera Idaho conducting Carmen and with Temple University conducting Le nozze di Figaro.

http://www.michaelsakir.com

We hope you get a chance to come to today’s matinee performance, Boise!
🎫 OPERAIDAHO.ORG

01/28/2022

Meet our leading lady, Carmen, herself!
Mezzo-soprano, Briana Hunter, is making her Opera Idaho debut. Her 2021/2022 season begins with two major New York City debuts: first at the Metropolitan Opera as Ruby/Woman Sinner in a new production of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, followed by her Carnegie Hall debut with The Orchestra Now in a performance of Julia Perry’s Stabat Mater, under the auspices of the Bard Musical Festival. She reprises her critically acclaimed portrayal of Mother in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue in February at Seattle Opera and with Pittsburgh Opera in April. On the concert stage she debuts at the Madison Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, as well as the Charlotte Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Recent engagements include as the title role in Carmen with Opera Orlando; Tanya in Is This America? with Santa Fe Opera; and Constance Fletcher in The Mother of Us All with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Virtual performances in 2020 include a broadcast on WQXR with the Mostly Mozart Festival for Blue; the Santa Fe Opera for a Digital Winter Concert Tour; Bare Opera’s original production of The Late Walk under the auspices of the Decameron Opera Coalition; Letters You Will Not Get with American Opera Projects; the North American Premiere of Apollo y Dafne livestreamed from The Hispanic Museum and Library; and Opera from a Sistah’s Point of View with Opera Birmingham and Cincinnati Opera. The Kennedy Center will release the first-ever commercial recording of Blue in 2022, featuring Briana as Mother.

In the 2020-2021 season, Briana was originally scheduled to perform Blue with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; as Ottavia in The Poppea Project at Opera Columbus; and for her role debut as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Briana created the roles of Mother in Jeanine Tesori’s Blue at the Glimmerglass Festival and Dee Dee Reyes in Hillard and Boresi’s The Last American Hammer with UrbanArias. Additional recent performances include multiple roles in Augusta Read Thomas’ Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun with the Santa Fe Opera; Hannah Before in Laura Kaminsky’s As One at the Kaufman Music Center with New York City Opera and American Opera Projects; Annie and Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival; and Giovanna in Rigoletto and Gertrude Stein in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 at Michigan Opera Theatre, for which she won the Encore Michigan award for Best Performance in an Opera. At the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, she performed the role of Flora in La Traviata for Patricia Racette’s directorial debut, as well as Pvt. Stanton in the world premiere of An American Soldier. She made her Lincoln Center Theater debut for a workshop of Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage, directed by Bartlett Sher, and returned for a gala performance of Camelot starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Additional roles include the title role of Carmen with the Music Academy of the West and Mercédès at Michigan Opera Theatre, El Paso Opera and Knoxville Opera; Jo in Little Women, Wowkle in La fanciulla del West, and Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night at Michigan Opera Theatre; Rachel in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects; Play by Play in the world premiere of Bum Phillips: An All-American Opera at LaMama Experimental Theater; and Ida in Die Fledermaus at Sarasota Opera. As an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera performed the roles of Giulietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Ruggiero in Alcina for the Apprentice Artist scenes.

An accomplished stage actress, Briana has worked with Tony and Academy Award winning playwright Mark Medoff in a production of his play Gunfighter–A Gulf War Chronicle, in addition to developing and starring in an original double bill titled Infinite Variety/For Every Passion Something under the direction of the Royal Shakespeare Company and presented in a two-week run at the Fringe Festival in Scotland. At the Manhattan School of Music, she performed in the institution’s first ever production of The Vagina Monologues in addition to singing with the American Musical Theater Ensemble for productions of Godspell and Ragtime.

Wow! 🤩🤩🤩
Thank you for coming to our Gem State, Briana! Get your tickets to CARMEN at OPERAIDAHO.ORG.
Tonight’s performance is almost SOLD-OUT!

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