A Night At the Opera 

Opera Idaho's family Christmas show

When imagining a night at the opera--once the Marx Brothers come to mind and leave again--one perhaps thinks of bombastic sopranos in metal support garments, an audience decked in tails and sequins and half of them sound asleep.

For years, Opera Idaho has aimed to present professional opera to audiences statewide and they have succeeded with quality performances that are both accessible and enjoyable. This weekend, Opera Idaho is bringing a different kind of show than they normally present to the community--"Opera Idaho Sings Christmas."

These performances on Saturday and Sunday mark the first time the group presents this family Christmas show, although Carina Christiani, Opera Idaho's marketing associate, says they hope the show will become an annual event. Says Christiani, "Community interest will dictate."

Performed by the Opera Idaho resident company members together with the Opera Idaho Children's Chorus, the show will be a holiday music revue, featuring traditional holiday tunes, a jazz quartet and selections from Handel's Messiah.

Company member Leslie Mauldin will direct the show's two performances. Mauldin has directed productions for Opera Idaho before, including the 2001 production of La Boheme and the 2005-2006 "Opera Under the Stars" performance series. Besides directing, Malden is an internationally acclaimed soprano and starred as Violetta Valery in Opera Idaho's production of La Traviata last October.

Though the Morrison Center is usually the premiere venue for performances of this sort, "Opera Idaho Sings Christmas" will be performed at the Egyptian Theatre. This is not the first time Opera Idaho has given a performance at the Egyptian, and in fact, they will present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado there next March.

Opera Idaho Sings Christmas is intended as family holiday fare. So go, register that "community interest" and perhaps it will become an annual tradition.

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