Opera Idaho will bring a turn-of-the-20th-century rivalry between farmers and cowboys to Idaho Botanical Garden with its performance of Oklahoma! Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15. The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has been adapted to focus on the music over theatrical elements.
"It's not staged in sets and there are no costumes," said Mark Junkert, general director at Opera Idaho. "It all focuses on the music."
The bumpy road to romance between main characters Curly, a cowboy, and Laurey, a farm girl, will be played out against the backdrop of a Western territory. The performance will last just longer than two hours, ending as the sun sets in the valley.
This year's production of Oklahoma! is Opera Idaho's third Rodgers and Hammerstein-based musical set at the garden. Previous performances were South Pacific and Carousel, and The Sound of Music is on the docket for 2013.
"They are all Rodgers and Hammerstein, so they are all these classic musicals that have really good music to them, which is why I chose them for us to sing," Junkert said.
Opera goers are welcome to bring their own bottles of wine and picnics, or food and beverages will be available.
"It is going to be a wonderful evening at the botanical gardens," Junkert said. "Classic music sung really well outdoors in Idaho."
Tickets are available at operaidaho.org.