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Opera Idaho: Glory Denied

Thursday, April 28-Saturday, April 30

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Col. Floyd "Jim" Thompson holds an unenviable record. Captured by the Viet Cong and held captive March 1964-March 1973, Thompson spent more time in captivity than any other American POW of the Vietnam War. His story was told in the 2001 book Glory Denied: The Vietnam Saga of Jim Thompson, America's Longest-Held Prisoner of War. The book isn't an obvious candidate for an adaptation, but American composer Tom Cipullo saw it differently. His acclaimed 2007 chamber opera Glory Denied takes lyrics right from the pages of the book. Opera Idaho will showcase the non-traditional work in a non-traditional space: the Aviation Specialties Unlimited hangar at Boise Airport. Due to language and subject matter, audience discretion is advised.