2018-2019 Season

Announcing Opera Idaho’s 2018-2019 Season

Isaac Ortiz 2 Leonard Bernstein’s
West Side Story in Concert
The Morrison Center
September 15, 2018, 7:30pm
September 16, 2018, 2:30pm

In celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, West Side Story will be performed at The Morrison Center in a full performance of the concert version. This seminal work in American musical theatre explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds as they vie for territory in 1950’s Upper West Side New York City. The dark theme, sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre.

Former Boise Philharmonic Music Director Robert Franz conducts, returning to The Morrison Center stage for the first time since 2016. Bernstein’s score for the musical includes “Something’s Coming”, “Maria”, “America”, “Somewhere”, “Tonight”, “Jet Song”, “I Feel Pretty”, “A Boy Like That”, “One Hand, One Heart”, “Gee, Officer Krupke”, and “Cool”. After its 1957 premiere on Broadway, West Side Story was made into a feature film starring Natalie Wood – the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.

Q1H Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
Don Giovanni
The Egyptian Theatre
October 26, 2018, 7:30pm
October 28, 2018, 2:30pm

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni returns to Opera Idaho for the first time since 1999 and the first time ever at The Egyptian Theatre. Based on the legend of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, Mozart’s dramma giocoso is annually ranked among the ten most-performed operas in the world. Korean baritone Kyu Won Han (Carmen, 2014 & Tosca, 2017) performs the title role, leading a cast drawn from favorite artists of General Director Mark Junkert’s first ten seasons at Opera Idaho. The first film shown at The Egyptian Theatre, Opera Idaho’s home theatre since 2010, was the silent film Don Juan in 1927.

nefertiti Giuseppe Verdi’s
The Egyptian Theatre
February 22, 2019, 7:30pm
February 24, 2019, 2:30pm

One of the most popular operas of all time, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida has never before received a fully-staged performance in Idaho. Current Boise Baroque music director Dan Stern led a concert performance with The Boise Philharmonic at Capital High School in 1981. Set in Egypt, Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871. Appropriately staged in The Egyptian Theatre which provides the perfect background and size (the opera house in Cairo seated only around 850) for Verdi’s opera.

nygasp-mikado W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s
The Mikado
The Morrison Center
April 6, 2019, 7:30pm
April 7, 2019, 2:30pm

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return to The Morrison Center with their delightfully reimagined The Mikado. The most known and performed Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, The Mikado dates from 1885. Setting the operetta in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirize British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. NYGASP’s all-new production brings center stage the history and inspiration for the writing of The Mikado as the real life characters of Victorian London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company are combined with the imagined setting of Titipu, influenced by the art and architecture of Japan that had recently reached England in the late 19th century.

trans-logo Laura Kaminsky’s
As One
The Danny Peterson Theatre, Boise State University
May 9, 10 & 11, 2019, 7:30pm

Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera As One, a coming-of-age story about a transgender woman, is taking the country by storm. With only two roles and accompanied by a string quartet, the opera is presented in one act of about 80 minutes. Premiering in 2014 at Brooklyn Academy of Music, As One was the 14th most-produced opera in North America in the 2016/17 season. Among the producing companies have Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Colorado Opera.

The production at The Danny Peterson Theatre marks the first collaboration between Opera Idaho and the newly-constituted School of the Arts at Boise State University. The production also marks the first time in its 46-year history that Opera Idaho will present an opera by a female composer.