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When Dawn Wolski left her South Hill home en route to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture on Saturday afternoon, it appeared that life was imitating art. The sky was hazy and smoky. The air quality was hazardous. However, the general and artistic director of Inland Northwest Opera braved the elements.
When Inland Northwest Opera general director Dawn Wolski heard about the statewide restrictions on live entertainment announced last week, she feared the worst for Opera Gram, the opera’s fledgling performance-by-appointment program.
Like many leaders in the performing arts world, Inland Northwest Opera general director Dawn Wolski has spent a majority of the past six weeks brainstorming with colleagues and trying to map out the steps necessary for producing live opera again in the community.
Inland Northwest Opera announces its 20th anniversary season, including a tragic favorite reset in the Prohibition era and a lighthearted, absurd comedy on the lake.
Inland Northwest Opera’s current gift to our region is a production of Giacomo Puccini’s durable masterpiece “Madame Butterfly” (1906), which is being presented in two performances this weekend at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox (7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with pre-talk sessions one hour before curtain call), and features dramatic singing of such quality as any great opera house would be proud to present.
Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” is the story of Cio-Cio San, a geisha known as Madame Butterfly, and Lt. Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer with whom Butterfly has a contracted marriage (“Cio-Cio San” is from the Japanese word for butterfly). Inland Northwest Opera is presenting “Madame Butterfly” on Friday and Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
One of the fascinating aspects of Inland Northwest Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Friday and Sunday, is that the set is made of paper. Stage director Fenlon Lamb, a friendly and outgoing former opera singer and actress who now directs and produces productions, discussed the paper by design on Tuesday afternoon inside the theater.
Inland Northwest Opera will hold three performances of a children’s opera, Seymour Barab’s “The Toy Shop,” for free to families in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.
“Madame Butterfly” features the talents of Metropolitan opera performers Elizabeth Caballero, Chad Shelton and Sandra Piques Eddy.
The plot of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is both silly and sinister. Its characters are at once charming and threatening. Its outcome is both improbable and inevitable. Everywhere in the libretto you look, you find complexity.