In our short-attention-span society, it can be challenging to sit through a full-length fine arts performance. We fidget and daydream and focus on distractions. That's why, from early on, the performing arts have been associated with booze—you didn't think those 19th century opera-goers with their binoculars on sticks were stone sober, did you?
Thursday, May 9, from 6-8 p.m., Opera Idaho embraces that fine tradition with Operatini: Moonshine Madness. Sip a custom mixed drink or martini at Beside Bardenay, snack on appetizers and sit in comfort while cast members of Opera Idaho's production of Susannah—which runs at the Egyptian Theatre Friday, May 17, and Sunday, May 19—sing a few tunes from the opera, along with some of their personal favorites.
Written by Carlisle Floyd in 1955, Susannah has been regarded as a metaphor for the Red Scare and, more specifically, McCarthyism. Set in New Hope Valley, Tenn., the opera's titular character is a misunderstood woman maligned, denounced and isolated from her community on account of its jealousy of her beauty.
But don't count on Moonshine Madness having quite so heavy a theme.
"It's a good chance to hear the singers before the show," said Fernando Menendez, Opera Idaho education coordinator.
Tickets cost $20 each or two for $35, and the ticket price includes appetizers, but you're going to have to pony up for those martinis.