Several ways to get a taste of opera

Print Article

Opera Coeur d'Alene is offering three ways for fans to get ready for its upcoming production of "Carmen."

First is a free walk-in concert this Friday at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Plaza Courtyard, at 7 p.m. Some of the world class singers here for the opera will sing a preview of "Carmen." Come downtown for Art Walk and stay for free music.

Then, Saturday, there is a half day class from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fred Glienna, long-time Coeur d'Alene resident and opera fan, will be presenting one of his popular classes in Todd Hall (inside the North Idaho College library). It is designed for both experienced and beginning opera audiences, and will use recordings and video to show parts of various major productions, anecdotes and insights about the opera, and the people involved in its history. The class costs $25. For reservations or questions call (208) 661-4019.

Glienna has heard the work three times in the world's major opera houses, but is coming back to Coeur d'Alene because "... we have fresh voices and impressive talent."

With his accustomed wry outlook, Glienna quipped, "James Levine said, 'I want to save opera in America'"; then continued, "He hasn't yet made it to Idaho."

Finally, on Sunday at 5 p.m., "Eat. Drink. Breathe. Opera." is the title of a special, no-admission-charge dinner concert at Seasons of Coeur d'Alene, 209 Lakeside Ave., Coeur d'Alene. Order their unique fine cuisine from the menu and Opera Coeur d'Alene will get a portion of each dinner's costs. During dinner, "Carmen" artists Dawn Wolski, Heather Parker, Megan Marino as well as Opera Coeur d'Alene's General Director, Todd Robinson, will present a concert over dinner featuring numbers from the upcoming production.

Diners are encouraged to bring a friend to enjoy Seasons food, the companionship of fellow arts fans, and meet and hear some incredible singers. For reservations call (208) 664-8008. It is possible that a later sitting might be added.

All of these events are to help get ready for the opera itself, next week, which will feature Metropolitan Opera artists Sandra Piques Eddy, Raul Melo and Aaron St. Clair Nicholson. "Carmen" will be semi-staged, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., in NIC's Schuler Auditorium. There will be a free lecture one hour prior to each show and it will be sung in its original French, with English translation simultaneously projected overhead.

Tickets are available online at www.operacda.com or through the NIC Box Office, (208) 769-7780.

Print Article

Read More Local News

North Idaho Revisited

October 23, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press BAYVIEW — Just about the time you thought the blast from the last big boomer would blow you off the barge, Gary MacDonald moved blithely down the firing line igniting shell after shell after shell, e...

Comments

Read More

Winter forecast: It’s gonna snow

October 23, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press At this time each year, climatologist Cliff Harris and I issue our annual city-by-city winter snowfall predictions for Coeur d’Alene and other areas across the Inland Northwest. October is a key mont...

Comments

Read More

School and Senior Lunches

October 23, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Week of Oct. 23-27 Coeur d’Alene School District • Elementary Breakfast: Monday — Fuel-up nutri-grain bar Tuesday — Hearty biscuit and sausage gravy Wednesday — Yummy yami yogurt Thursd...

Comments

Read More

Warrants

October 23, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Here is this week's list of suspected lawbreakers sought by Kootenai County police agencies and the sheriff's office: FELONIES Meier, Erika R., 24, Hayden, probation violation, no bond. Vegas, Jas...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X