Opera Idaho traces its roots back to the Boise Opera Workshop, which began in the 1960s. The name of the organization was subsequently changed to Boise Civic Opera, Boise Opera, and finally – in 1997 – to Opera Idaho.
After years of staging operas, operettas, and musicals at the Morrison Center and other venues, the company has now made the Egyptian Theatre its new home; its first presentation there, in December 2009, was Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Opera Idaho’s 2010-2011 season included Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment, Ned Rorem’s Our Town (part of the “Made in the USA” series), and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. A brand new program, begun in the summer of 2010, is “Camp Opera Idaho,” in which children ages 10-18 learn about all elements of the art form.
Opera Idaho Information
- Public Transportation: Great (Buses 1-Downtown and 3-Downtown from the Capital Boulevard and West Idaho Street stop are less than a 1-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Six per season with multiple performances of most
- Ticket Prices: $22–$69 for adults; $20–$62 for seniors (65+); $15–$54 for children (3–13), with prices varying by seat selection.