Billy Blythe at White Water Tavern

  • Brian Chilson
  • Virginia Clinton (Bonnie Montgomery) serenades her husband Roger Clinton (Evan Jones) in ‘Billy Blythe’

Sure, with Eureka Springs’ 60-year-old and running “Opera in the Ozarks” festival and University of Arkansas’s premier opera ensemble, the high Italian art form has found an unlikely home in the hills of the Natural State. But the opera world focused its attention on Central Arkansas when Bonnie Montgomery and Britt Barber staged a well-received workshop debut of their long-anticipated folk opera, “Billy Blythe,” this November. The Clinton-centric production quickly found itself in The London Daily Telegraph, Gawker and even as a joke in a “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” monologue.