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Opera Idaho goes to the ‘South Pacific’ for a summer concert series

Idaho soprano Leslie Mauldin will perform the role of Nellie Forbush in Opera Idaho’s “South Pacific” in concert.
Idaho soprano Leslie Mauldin will perform the role of Nellie Forbush in Opera Idaho’s “South Pacific” in concert.

Idaho soprano Leslie Mauldin reprises her role as Nellie Forbush in Opera Idaho’s summer Broadway concert series performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” She performed the role in 2010 when the company launched “Opera Under the Stars.” Based on James A. Michener’s novel “Tales of the South Pacific,” the musical drama tells the stories of love, loss and challenges faced by American servicemen and servicewomen stationed on a small island during World War II. It contains a mix of theatrical classics, such as “A Cockeyed Optimist,” and operatic gems such as “Some Enchanted Evening.” Boise baritone Jason Detwiler sings the role of Emile, the French expatriate who falls in love with Nellie.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise; 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, Scentsy Amphitheater, 2701 E. Pine Ave., Meridian; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise. $24-$48. 345-3531, OperaIdaho.org.

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