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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week

Operagasmic Production of the Week

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Opera Idaho’s production of Susannah!

The Egyptian Theatre
700 West Main Street
Boise, ID 83702

Friday, May 17, 2013 • 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 • 2:30pm

Free previews for all ticket holders, led by Executive Director Mark Junkert, will precede all performances of this opera one hour before curtain; these previews will be given at The Egyptian Theatre. No registration is required.

Floyd’s Susannah is a continuation of the Made in the USA series-operas written by American Composers, set in America, touching on an American theme. The opera is a metaphor for McCarthyism, set in a small mountain village in the 1950’s, focusing on Susannah, a young woman isolated by her zealous community. Conductor Sara Jobin will return to continue conducting the Made in the USA series. Director Elise Sandell is Opera Idaho’s first nationally recognized professional female opera director.


Susannah Polk – Jacqueline Noparstak
Sam Polk – Andrew Peck
Olin Blitch – Christopher Job
Little Bat McLean – Lucas Goodrich
Elder McLean – Adrian San Miguel
Elder Gleaton – Dirk Robinson
Elder Hayes – Geoffrey Friedley
Elder Ott – Michal Jarolimek
Mrs. McLean – Suzanne Hansen
Mrs. Gleaton – Kristine Nunes
Mrs. Hayes – Amanda Gardner-Porter
Mrs. Ott – Tara Austin



Shauna Robinson
Ana Iorg
Vicki Kreimeyer
Lindsay Macias
Michiko Miller
lura Penland


Crystal Christensen
Chris Hatch
Ellen McKinney


Kyle Downs
Steve Hatch
Alex Lundquist


Jesse Kaye
Gregory MacKinnon
Luis Macias
Fernando Menéndez


Creative Team

Director – Elise Sandell
Conductor – Sara Jobin
Production Manager – Keith Hazen-Diehm
Chorus Master – Kelly Kaye 

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