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Opera Iowa presents The Magic Flute

By Staff | Mar 29, 2011

Above is OPERA Iowa’s full cast of The Magic Flute. Photo submitted

OPERA Iowa will present a free concert of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Estherville countesy of the Excel! Estherville Arts and Culture Committee and the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Roosevelt Auditorium.

The performance is underwritten by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

A special performance of the children’s opera, Dis the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, which will be limited to Estherville Lincoln Central students, will be held 2 p.m., April 14 at Roosevelt Auditorium. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the OPERA Iowa program, the troupe gladly welcomes the return of Sid the Serpent which OPERA Iowa first presented in 1987 and revisited in 1999 and 2000. This 45-minute opera about a serpent in the circus who is dissatisfied with his life of simply slithering in and out of his basket and wants to sing, has led multiple generations of school children across Iowa and the Midwest to the wonders of the operatic art form. Sid the Serpent who Wanted to Sing has become OPERA Iowa’s most requested opera for children.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is a delightful commentary on love, forgiveness, tolerance and the brotherhood of mankind and has become one of the most beloved operas of all time. Filled with star-studded queens, dragons, bird-catchers, heroes and heroines and noble priests, The Magic Flute is a spectacular potpourri of worldly and heavenly delights all set with sublime enchantment to some of Mozart’s greatest music. The opera, which was last performed by OPERA Iowa in 2002, will be sung in English with piano accompaniment.

The OPERA Iowa troupe was chosen from nationwide auditions to share their love of opera with audiences of all ages. The talented young performers of the 2011 OPERA Iowa troupe are: soprano Dana Pundt of Kilgore, Texas; soprano Jennifer Hendrickson of Plano, Texas; soprano Ashley Cutright of Dallas, Texas; tenor Christopher Nelson of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; baritone Andrew Wannigman of Rapid City, S.D. and bass Claude Cassion of Ewing, N.J. The music director is Naoko Suga of Covina, Calif. and the technical director is Jason Rasinowich of Minneapolis.