About Us


Organized in 2000 by a group of opera lovers bent on bringing great artists and beautiful music to the Inland Northwest, Opera Coeur d’Alene began as Opera Plus! Offering Opera on the Lake, Opera community education and a major Operatic production each season.

In 2009 Opera Plus! became Opera Coeur d’Alene and with new leadership and a renewed commitment to excellence, Opera Coeur d’Alene continued to offer new and higher levels of concerts, productions and education to Kootenai County and beyond.

In 2012 Aaron St.Clair Nicholson took over as Artistic and General Director quickly establishing a new trajectory for Opera Coeur d’Alene and her loyal supporters. Opera Coeur d’Alene is joining the ranks of world-class summer opera festivals by increasing it’s number of shows and productions in coming seasons.

Again this year we are offering our wildly successful OPERA ON THE LAKE, which attracts regular fans every year. This year we are offering a first for our Opera on the Lake lovers, an abridged concert performance of Pirates of Penzance.  Imagine this Gilbert & Sullivan masterpiece performed by nationally and regionally renowned artists combined with food and the beauty of an sunset cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Our 2014 main stage production 'Girl of the Golden West' features a cast of stars from all over the country and is rich with our best regional talent as well. This new and exciting production is sure to be a sell-out. Be the first to get your tickets and pick the best seats in the house.

This season holds some firsts for Opera Coeur d’Alene. First time we have offered a SEASON TICKET which gives a 10% discount when you purchase tickets for all three of our events. For the first time we have done a Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta. It’s the first time we have ever celebrated our season at the beautiful Hagadone Event Center! Come help us turn 15 years old and find out what else is new! Opera, give it a shot!

Be sure to keep an eye out for our exciting 2015 season announcements. Opera Coeur d’Alene is excited to continue to serve Kootenai County, the Inland Northwest, Idaho and Beyond. Opera, Give it a Shot!