September 7, 2017

Press Release: Portland Opera To Go Heads Back to School with Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE

Portland Opera (Christopher Mattaliano, General Director) is delighted to share a 50-minute, English language adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute as the 2017-18 Portland Opera To Go (POGO) performance for young audiences. This production is recommended for ages five and up. POGO promotes the performing arts through accessible artistic educational programming in elementary and middle schools; and integrates those arts experiences by providing complementary teacher resources— including a curriculum that aligns with common core standards.

Traversing more than 5,000 miles across the state and region, The Magic Flute will be shared in more than 30 performances at K-12 schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington, as well as numerous public performances in the Portland area and Eastern Oregon.

“Portland Opera to Go is one of the most important programs we offer,” said Christopher Mattaliano. “Each year, we look forward to inspiring young imaginations with the magic and beauty of opera in diverse communities throughout the state.”

The cast of The Magic Flute includes Thomas Cilluffo (Tamino), Rameen Chaharbaghi (Papageno), Elisa Sunshine (First Lady and Queen), Ivy Zhou (Second Lady and Papagena), Jessica Blau (Third Lady), Addie Hamilton (Pamina), and Darrell Acon (Sarastro). The production team includes Hayley Glickfeld Bielman (Director), Curt Enderle (Set Designer), and Cara Carr (Costume Designer).

Since its inception, POGO has shared the art of opera with over 242,000 families and young audience members. This season, POGO will reach an anticipated 11,000 students. Approximately sixty percent of schools served by POGO are Title I schools, and more than half are located in rural areas. “As funding for arts education continues to decline nationally, we are grateful for our sponsors who recognize the importance of arts and music education in schools,” says Sue Dixon, director of external affairs for Portland Opera.

Sponsors of Portland Opera To Go include The Standard, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, PGE Foundation, Winderlea Vineyard & Winery, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, The Wheeler Foundation, Opus Bank, and Wells Fargo. In addition, Portland Opera appreciates the continuing support of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and is a proud member of OPERA America.

In addition to touring schools and offering public performances throughout the region, The Magic Flute will be performed at the Hampton Opera Center on December 2 and December 9, 2017. Tickets for these performances are $5 for audience members under 12 years, $10 for adults, and $20 for a family or group of four. Tickets may be purchased Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, by calling the Box Office at (503) 421-1802, or toll-free at (866) 739-6737; or in-person a the Portland Opera Box Office, located at 211 SE Caruthers Street in Portland, just south of OMSI.

The Magic Flute will be shared at participating schools including: Amity Elementary School, Applegate Elementary School, Chenowith Elementary School, Central Howell School, Condon Grace School, Delphian School, Fields Elementary School, Fircrest Elementary School, Forest Park Elementary School, Franciscan Montessori Earth School, Fruitdale Elementary School, Kalmiopsis Elementary

School, Maplewood Elementary, Mosier Community School, North Powder School, Odyssey Program, Paisley School, Pine Ridge Elementary, Paterson School, Pratum Elementary School, Sacramento Elementary School, Stafford Elementary School, St. Cecilia School, Tom McCall Elementary, Trinity Lutheran School, Turner Elementary, and Williams Elementary.

Public performances of The Magic Flute will be held throughout the region on the following dates. Please arrive early, and know that these performances are subject to availability. No physical tickets are needed for events listed below, unless marked by an asterisk(*).

Saturday, September 23 at 2 PM
Tigard Public Library

13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard
Free admission

Monday, September 25 at Noon
Portland’5 Rotunda level
1111 SW Broadway, Portland
Free admission

Sunday, October 1 at 1:30 PM
Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street, Portland
Free admission, as part of Portland Opera’s Open House celebration

Monday, October 9 at 6 PM
McKenzie Theater, LOSO Hall
Eastern Oregon University
6th St, La Grande
Free admission; suggested donations

Saturday, October 14 at 2pm
Cedar Hills United Church of Christ
11695 SW Park Way, Portland
Free admission

Saturday, October 21 at 2pm
Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 E Main, Hillsboro
Free admission

Saturday, December 2 at 1pm
Hampton Opera Center*
Portland, OR
*Ticketed performance. $5 – $20.

Saturday, December 9 at 1pm
Hampton Opera Center*
Portland, OR
*Ticketed performance. $5 – $20.


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Becky Singh, Marketing Manager, Portland Opera