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LAST HURRAH FOR OPERA IDAHO DIRECTOR

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Saturday's presentation of Georges Bizet's Carmen marked the last opera Director Douglas Nagel directed for Opera Idaho. Nagel resigned to become the educational outreach director with Opera San Jose in California, to fulfill his mission of exposing a greater diversity of people to the world of opera. As involving children will now be Nagel's primary objective, the 44 Children Chorus members' performance in Carmen were a perfect send-off.

Before the beginning of the show, Nagel was presented with a farewell gift on behalf of the board of directors by President Caroline Young and Executive Director Julie Kilgrow. He began his career half-time with Opera Idaho in 2002, while continuing to serve as artistic director with Rim Rock Opera in Billings, Mont.

As Carmen opened and closed three and a half hours later to a still jubliant audience, Nagel succeeded again by bringing a quality production to Boise in this sole performance. Opera Idaho will continue Nagel's legacy with likely similar high standards this summer in their annual Opera Under the Stars.

Opera Idaho presents Opera Under the Stars, "Met to Broadway"; July 29 at the Idaho Botanical Garden and August 26 at the Winery at Eagle Knoll.

For more information contact 345-3531 or visit www.operaidaho.org. Tickets can be purchased through The Morrison Center at 426-1110 or Select-a-Seat at 426-1494.