Opera Idaho Announces 47th Season Lineup 

click to enlarge - Opera Idaho's performance of La boheme will run Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at The Morrison Center. -  - PUBLIC DOMAIN
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  • Opera Idaho's performance of La boheme will run Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at The Morrison Center.
It's hard to believe Opera Idaho has been at it for almost 50 years, but starting in September, it will hit the Egyptian Theatre and Morrison Center stages for the 47th time.

The upcoming season includes a smattering of European, classical and contemporary American operas, starting with Manon by Jules Massenet. Running Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29, at The Egyptian Theatre, Manon is a repertory staple with opera companies all over the world about a young woman, initially destined for life as a nun, who flees to Paris with her lover only to run afoul of the law.

Following is Acis & Galatea by Georges Frederic Handel, also playing at The Egyptian from Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10. In it, Galatea transforms the blood of her lover, Acis, into a river after he is murdered by a jealous rival.

La boheme, Giacomo Puccini's story about a tight social milieu torn apart by disease and access to healthcare, comes next. It runs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at The Morrison Center.

Finally, Opera Idaho will stage a modern piece, Dead Man Walking by American composer Jake Heggie. Based on a book by the same name, Dead Man Walking first premiered at the War Memorial Opera House in October of 2000. It follows the story of Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun ministering to a convicted killer on death row, with a libretto by Terrence McNally. It will play Friday-Saturday, April 24-26 at The Egyptian. 
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