When the summer days are scorching, Idaho Botanical Garden's grass is ripe for lying on blankets, sipping cold drinks and reveling in the sounds of voices from Opera Idaho. Pack your picnic baskets Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. to hear the hills come alive with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.
The fourth in Opera Idaho's outdoor concert series, singers will regale audiences with the tale of the Von Trapp family and its nanny, Maria, as she wins the hearts of the children and their widowed father, who is threatened with conscription in the Nazi Kriegsmarine.
Hum along to timeless numbers like "My Favorite Things." Explore 1930s Austrian teen angst. Find yourself on the edge of your seat—or, in this case, your blanket—as the von Trapps make their getaway through the Alps after singing "So Long, Farewell" to a roaring crowd of fascists.
While this isn't a fully staged opera, the cast is made up of Opera Idaho performers who will sing the full score.
If you can't make it to the garden, Opera Idaho takes the show to Woodriver Cellars on the border or Eagle and Star Sunday, July 21, at 7 p.m.
Tickets range from $15-$69 and can be purchased online or at the Egyptian Theatre box office.