Inland Northwest Opera

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Inland Northwest Opera will present "Orpheus and Eurydice" in Italian with English subtitles at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 31. The opera has only three principle singing roles and an ensemble choir of eight voices and six dancers.  Two of the singers visited Verne in the studio to give listeners a sample of the performance's music.

Verne Windham talks to Dean Williamson, Conductor, and Dan Wallace Miller, Stage Director, about Inland Northwest Opera's upcoming performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orpheus & Eurydice." 

Performances take place Friday, October 29th, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 31st, at 3pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. For tickets and more information, visit

We welcomed Inland Northwest Opera's General Director Dawn Wolski and prinicpals in this weekend's INO production of G.B.Pergolesi's The Maid Turned Mistress, Heather and Derrick Parker, to our KPBX studio for music and conversation. Joining them was pianist for the production, Mary J. Trotter. In addition to hearing a performance of two duets from the show, we talked about opera, this production, the challenges INO faced during the pandemic, and how the company has adapted to new realities.

This week, conversations with Spokane Poet Laureate Chris Cook and Inland Northwest Opera General Director Dawn Wolski, both key figures at the intersection of pandemic and the arts. Dan Webster offers his take on a documentary that explores the winning-is-everything mindset of contemporary politics, and we get some soothing sounds from our studio courtesy of guitarist Jacob Johnson.

Today, three different aspects of and approaches to dealing with the COVID-19 crisis from three different perspectives, that of a major regional museum director, the general director of a regional opera company, and a local artist who has organized a unique way for artists to display their work in these days of gallery closures. Sebastian Bach’s music is featured today, as recorded here at KPBX by Yulia Gorenman and Melody Puller.

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Inland Northwest Opera will present Madame Butterfly for two performances only: 7:30 PM Friday and 2 PM Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Dawn Wolski, general director, and soprano Elizabeth Caballero stopped by the studio to talk with Verne about what the audience can expect, about bringing the lead role of Cio-Cio-San to life, and to share some of the music written by Puccini for the opera, which moves listeners from anticipation and hope to betrayal and despair. 

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Verne got a preview of two arias from Cosi fan tutte, a two-act opera by Mozart that will highlight Sunday's Opera On The Lake Cruise by Inland Northwest Opera. In the studio, Derrick Parker sang "How I Hate to Break the News" and Heather Parker sang "Stability in a Soldier." Both dialogue and song will be in English on Sunday and the performance will be in the round. The sunset cruise boards at the Couer d'Alene Resort at 6:30 pm for the 7:30 to 9:30 pm event.

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Dawn Wolski, Director of Inland Northwest Opera, and Maria Caprile, Director of their current production, "The Toy Shop," stop by the studio with highlights of the Opera's upcoming season, which also includes "Cosi fan Tutte" (coming in July) and "Madame Butterfly" (coming in September).

"The Toy Shop," a children's opera, will have free performances 4 PM May 19, at First Presbyterian Church in Coeur d'Alene, 1 PM May 21, at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, and 3 PM June 1, at the West Central Community Center, in Spokane.

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The Inland Northwest Opera's 2018 Opera Cruise features The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar. Dawn Wolski, soprano, Scott Rednour, pianist and Tim Augustin, tenor all visited the studio today to perform the duet, "Love in My Heart" from the upcoming opera cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene. 

2018 Opera Cruise takes place on Sunday, July 15th from 7-9 PM. 

More information is available at the Inland Northwest Opera website