Operatini Serves Stiff Cocktails and Solid Arias at Beside Bardenay

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Opera Idaho singers perform at Beside Bardenay.
  • Opera Idaho singers perform at Beside Bardenay Oct. 18.

Cocktails, animated chatter and well-performed opera arias flowed through the Basque Block's Beside Bardenay on the cold pre-winter evening of Oct. 18.

At Opera Idaho's Operatini, a pool of Boise's growing, dedicated opera connoisseurs greeted one another, excited by the evening’s attractions.

Visiting vocal artists and local talent performed to a medium-sized enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Loud applause and occasional shouts gave momentum from the first of the 10 arias, "La Donna รจ Mobile" from Verdi’s Rigoletto, through the last, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

Taking a cue from Opera Idaho’s coming production of Verdi's Falstaff, mixologist Brian Livesay of Matador created a special martini called Da Fallo.

Livesay spoke about how he was inspired to make his liquid interpretation of the Falstaff lyric, "Da fallo nasce fallo e allor" (one sin leads to another). His recipe was a judicious, jewel-like mix of cognac, Chambord, cabernet sauvignon and lime.

“It’s dark, it’s mysterious and it’s got a clouded soul,” he said.

After the singing ended and conversations lowered, several comments of congratulations were made to the Operatini organizers. The evening was a pleasant prelude to the Falstaff performance, which will take place Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Egyptian Theatre.

A medium-sized crowd gathered for Opera Idahos Operatini.
  • A medium-sized crowd gathers for Opera Idaho's Operatini on Oct. 18.

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