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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014, 5:16 P.M.

Opera CdA Opens With ‘Pirates’

Opera Coeur d’Alene is preparing a varied program of events in the late summer and early fall. First up is a concert performance of the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” on July 13 – performed during a cruise of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The cast includes popular Spokane soprano Dawn Wolski; Jadd Davis, the new artistic director at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre; Curt Olds, a Montana native fresh off a one-night-only performance at Carnegie Hall of “Guys and Dolls” (with Nathan Lane and Megan Mulally); and Opera CdA’s artistic director Aaron St. Clair Nicholson as the Pirate King. Set sail at 6 p.m. Tickets are $65 tickets for table seating and hors d’oeuvres, $50 general admission (includes hors d’oeuvres)/Carolyn Lamberson, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Dawn Wolski, left Mark Walters and Raúl Melo in back, rehearse for the production of "Rigoletto" last fall)

Question: Why do you like opera? Or (for non-opera types) what is something you dislike worse than opera?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.