Our Story

Opera Idaho has been producing opera in the Treasure Valley for over 40 years. In recent years, growing support has given Opera Idaho the ability to become one of the broadest-reaching arts organizations in Idaho. We have increased our presence throughout the State of Idaho by taking productions and programs to Pocatello, Ketchum and McCall. In the past two years, we have been able to reach over 40,000 people through our performances, education outreach programs, children’s choruses and involvement in community activities. Last year, over 30 elementary schools were able to experience opera through our tour of The Mini Magic Flute due to the financial support of our individual and corporate donors.

Season after season, audiences enjoy the thrill of seeing period costuming and beautiful sets and hearing glorious voices. Over the past 15 years, the number of audience members has increased by over 40% and we are keeping up with the demand by hosting events to open up opera to a wide range of new people. While ticket sales have increased, the dollars we generate from ticket sales only cover around 30% of the costs associated with opera. Your support is needed to continue the productions and programs and to help us grow to reach more individuals in the State and offer more opportunities to experience the all-encompassing art form that is opera.

We encourage you to consider support for the opera in the following ways:

  • Become a season sponsor and enjoy the recognition in our program, verbal stage recognition and all print materials.
  • Buy an ad in our program
  • Become a LifeBlood Member of Opera Idaho and enjoy the extra events provided.
  • Consider including Opera Idaho in your will. Ask us for more details.
  • Support the children’s outreach program that provides the opportunity for children to see, hear and participate in Opera.

Support the two children’s choruses:

Angelus and Children’s Chorus for children and young adults from the school ages of second grade through tenth grade.

Becoming a donor is a great way to support the opera. We appreciate your continued generosity.

Our Mission

The primary mission of Opera Idaho is to fund and produce opera of the highest possible professional standard, in Boise and throughout the State of Idaho, and to foster wider acceptance, appreciation and enjoyment of opera and related art forms in young people and adults of all social and economic backgrounds, through diverse educational and outreach programs.

Opera Idaho’s State-Wide Presence

McCall

For several season Opera Idaho has been invited to participate in McCall’s Concert Series. On October 9, 2017, Opera Idaho will be presenting the Golden Age of Operetta, a concert dedicated to the lighter side of opera. Operettas are usually shorter than operas, are usually of a light and amusing character, and are often considered less “serious” than operas. However, they played a crucial role as the precursors to modern musical theatre.

Ketchum

This season Opera Idaho will present a semi-staged production of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore as part of Sun Valley Opera’s season. The Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood will once again serve as the stage for Puccini’s masterpiece. This will be the third time Opera Idaho is performing as part of Sun Valley Opera’s season. Last season we performed a semi-staged performance of Tosca and before that La Traviata.

Pocatello

On November 6, 2016 Opera Idaho’s closing performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute took place in Pocatello, in the beautiful Stephens Performing Arts Center on the campus of Idaho State University. The Mini-Magic Flute, which had previously toured 20 elementary schools and enjoyed by more than 8,200 students and educators in The Treasure Valley, was performed for elementary schools in Blackfoot and Pocatello, sharing Mozart’s magic with more than 600 additional students and educators. Some of our singers also visited three high schools in Pocatello where they imparted a masterclass and shared some of their knowledge with aspiring high school singers. Our first visit to Pocatello was in 2013 with a performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and plans are in the works to visit Pocatello once again during our 2017-2018 season.

It’s the voices!