The Mikado

In February 1912, local talent performed the Japanese opera "The Mikado" in the Lyric Theater -- the first opera performed in Twin Falls.

(COURTESY PHOTO) Clarence E. Bisbee, TWIN FALLS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

TWIN FALLS • Movie houses “are fast becoming almost as numerous as cigar stores or confectionery stands,” the Twin Falls News reported in 1907.

And by 1910, founding fathers thought the new village was ready for live opera.

I.B. Perrine invited a Mr. Grant, who managed the Salt Lake Theatrical Circuit, to check out the possibility of building a grand opera house in Twin Falls.

After assessing the situation, Grant told a group gathered in Perrine’s office that he believed the town “could support such an enterprise,” reported the Feb. 3, 1910, edition of the Twin Falls Weekly News.

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A three-story opera house was to be built behind the Hotel Perrine, at Shoshone Street and Second Avenue West, for $150,000. The men planned to have the “splendid,” “fully modern” building finished by the following September.

The opera house never materialized, and the newspaper never mentioned it again.

Two years later, local talent performed The Mikado, a Japanese opera in two acts, at the Lyric Theater in Twin Falls.

Mychel Matthews reports on agriculture and rural issues for the Times-News. The Hidden History feature runs every Thursday in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com. If you have a question about something that may have historical significance, email Matthews at mmatthews@magicvalley.com.

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