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Spring Opera Performance

  • Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: Center for Faith and Life, Main Hall

Imagine a fantastical realm ruled by an evil queen, populated by bird people and mystical animals, with a prince attempting to rescue a princess as the Luther College Music Department presents Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Arguably one of Mozart's most beloved and frequently performed operas, "The Magic Flute" hails the triumph of courage, virtue and wisdom.  

Regular tickets for the performance are $15; $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online through Luther's new website tickets.luther.eduor through the Luther Ticket Office by calling (563) 387-1357. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.;Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

In the spring semester of alternating years, the orchestra and vocal areas at Luther College collaborate in the presentation on a major work. Recent productions include Puccini's "Sister Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" (2014), Offenbach's "Orpheus In the Underworld" (2013), Mozart's "Così fan tutte" (2012), Weill's "Street Scene" (2011), and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" (2010).

The Magic Flute involves a variety of students; the cast is made up of 43 singers, and will be accompanied by the Luther College Chamber Orchestra. 

The performance will be conducted by Daniel Baldwin, professor of music; stage direction by Jacob Lassetter, Luther assistant professor of music; musical direction and preparation by Karen Kanakis, Luther associate professor of music; and vocal coaching by Jessica Paul, Luther professor of music.

The Magic Flute is double cast in the leading roles. Braun Oldenkamp and Martin Kulstad will sing the role of Tamino, the young prince. The role of the Queen of the Night will be sung by sopranos Betsy Austin and Kelly Harris.

Jimmy Deigan and Aaron Budihas will sing the role of Papageno.The role of Pamina will be sung by Brianna Shelly and Jennifer LeDoux. LeDoux and Shelly are the two most recent recipients of the Alan R. and Sally J. Brudos Family Prize for Opera Performance at Luther College. LeDoux was the recipient for the 2013-14 academic year. Shelly was named the 2014-15 recipient of the opera performance award.

Nathan Wiley and Scott Senko will sing the role of Monastatos, and Maxfield Elliot will sing the role of Sarastro.

Attending to and doing the bidding for the Queen of the Night are the Three Ladies; the First Lady will be sung by Tani German, and Emily Clay, the Second Lady by Brianna Clancy and Micki Kruse, and the Third Lady by Hannah Scholbrock and Kelley Lokensgard.

The Three Spirits, sent to guide Papageno and Tamino on their dangerous path include; the First Spirit sung by Jaime Webb, the Second Spirit by Victoria Peters, and the Third Spirit by Kristin Housholder.

Magic Flute 2015 Spring Opera 


Questions? Contact Karen Kanakis, 563-387-1795