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C of I Opera presents Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’

The College of Idaho is proud to present its 2014 opera production The Magic Flute, a popular opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and directed by C of I senior Jordan Bowman. There will be three performances of The Magic Flute inside Jewett Auditorium on the C of I campus in Caldwell: a 7:30 p.m. opening show Jan. 24 and 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 25 and 26. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students (C of I students get in free), with all proceeds supporting the C of I opera program.

The Magic Flute has been one of the world’s most popular operas since its 1791 premiere. Mozart wrote it for the common people rather than the aristocracy and, as a Singspiel opera, it contains both musical and spoken dialogue. The C of I version is performed in English and features a reduced orchestration by Jonathan Lyness.

“I think people will really enjoy this show, especially children,” said Bowman, a music performance major from American Falls. “It’s a very magical show, and we are focusing on the fantastical elements of the story. It’s full of music that audiences will recognize as well as great comedy and virtuosic singing.”

The Magic Flute features an ensemble cast of C of I students. Stars of the show include Decker Hinckley as Prince Tamino, Devon Sedrick as Papageno, Bowman as The Queen of the Night, Katy Lootens as Princess Pamina and Dawson Bonde as King Sarastro. Professor Mari Jo Tynon is producing the show, Professor Brent Wells is directing the student pit orchestra, Fred Loucks is the show’s sound and lighting director, student Elisabeth Huart is the stage manager and student Eli Nary is the scene designer.

The College of Idaho typically produces one opera each school year. Bowman hopes Treasure Valley audiences will take advantage of the rare opportunity to see a live opera performance in Idaho. 

“Opera to me is a culture, so this is a chance for people to experience a culture that isn’t very common here in Idaho,” Bowman said. “This opera is famous for the range and quality of singers you need to perform it, so it’s an opportunity for audiences to hear great singers performing vocal classical music.” 

To purchase tickets in advance, call Professor Tynon at 208-459-5249.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.