Ashley Faatoalia

Operatic tenor Ashley Faatoalia is set for the Signature Salon concert in July.

Following a successful winter series, which spanned from December through March and made full use of the new Argyros Performing Arts Center, Sun Valley Opera has enjoyed a brief vernal hiatus before turning its attention toward the summer months.

The nonprofit music organization has just announced the full lineup of summer engagements, which encompasses a broad spectrum of musical genres, branching out well beyond the boundaries of the group’s namesake artistic form.

The full program kicks off on July 16, but prior to that, just next Tuesday, June 4, Sun Valley Opera will take over a screen at Big Wood 4 Cinema in Hailey for a special advanced screening of the still-unreleased documentary “Pavarotti.”

Directed by two-time Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the documentary tells the story of world famous operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Howard’s interviews with Pavarotti’s contemporaries and admirers supports archival footage, recorded performances and previously unseen backstage and personal footage of the Italian star.

Pavarotti is credited—along with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras—with making the operatic art form widely accessible to the masses, stripping away any associated elitism. The trio gave a televised performance during the 1990 World Cup—hosted that year in Italy—that was viewed worldwide by more than 1.4 billion people.

His unshakable charisma and undeniable musicianship immediately endeared him to listeners. The documentary not only paints a portrait of a global superstar who arose from modest beginnings in Modena, Italy, but also illuminates his personal life as a beloved husband and father, and his tireless philanthropic endeavors.

The screening will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.75 for adults and $6.50 for children and seniors and can be purchased anytime from the movie theater’s box office.

The music will resume Tuesday, July 16, with the first concert of the Sun Valley Opera’s summer series. At 5:30 p.m., at a private home somewhere in the valley, Sun Valley Opera will host three Broadway singers for a Diva Party. Weather permitting, this event will be held outside on the lawn. Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and an opportunity to meet the singers after their performance.

The following night, the same singers will take to the Sun Valley Pavilion for an event titled “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” a tribute to the girl groups of the 1960s and ’70s, featuring music by such artists as The Supremes, The Pointer Sisters and The Shirelles, among others.

Another intimate-setting performance will take place July 25, featuring classical tenor Ashley Faatoalia. The much-lauded American tenor will perform a Signature Salon concert in a private home before a limited audience. Opera News magazine described his voice as “hauntingly beautiful” with “winning purity and [a] variety of expression.”

Faatoalia is the only traditional opera singer in the lineup. On Aug. 6, Sun Valley Opera will hold a free family concert as part of its education outreach initiative. This event will feature a 50-person choral ensemble from Brigham Young University Idaho performing a varied repertoire.

The summer season will conclude on Sept. 1 with a Country Cookout at River Grove Ranch. The event will include a concert from up-and-coming country music star Brandon Lay, recently named one of Vevo’s Top 20 Artists to Watch in 2019.

Tickets for all those events are now available online at sunvalleyopera.com or via the telephone at 208-726-0991. The first 10 people to purchase tickets for either the Diva Party or the Signature Salon concert will receive a free ticket to the Pavarotti documentary.

Visit the Sun Valley Opera online for more information about the summer concert series.

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