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Opera dinner theater begins Tuesday at Luigi’s

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Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Opera will present an “opera dinner theater” production of “The Secret of Susanna” starting Tuesday at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant.

It’s the fourth year that the company has presented a comic, one-act opera in a dinner theater format at the downtown restaurant.

In “The Secret of Susanna,” written in 1909 by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, a middle-aged man suspects Susanna, his younger bride, of having a lover because he smells cigarette smoke around the house.

But when he finally discovers her “secret” – which she keeps with the help of a mute servant – it’s not at all what he expects.

The Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Opera production stars a pair of longtime local favorites, soprano Tamara Schupman and baritone Max Mendez. Greg Presley provides keyboard accompaniment.

Performances are Tuesday through next Thursday and June 21-23 at 6:30 p.m. at Luigi’s, 245 W. Main Ave. Tickets are $60; for reservations, call 533-1150.

Opera in Coeur d’Alene

Opera Plus will present a free concert of opera and show tunes Friday at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Plaza Shops in conjunction with the monthly Second Friday Artwalk.

Featured performers include sopranos Kresha Frankhauser and Jennifer Gill and baritone Bill Rhodes. For more information call (208) 664-2827.

Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale

The Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale will present a combined season-ending concert Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. Admission is free.

The community orchestra will open the concert with Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (the “Unfinished” Symphony), the nocturne from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Danse Bacchanale” by Saint-Saens, from the opera “Samson and Delilah.”

The second half of the program will feature the orchestra and chorale in Faure’s “Requiem.”

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