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Portland Opera 50th Anniversary Season Casting Expands to Include National Talent, Company Debuts, and Returning Favorites

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CONTACT: Ingrid Arnett, 503-417-0574.

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General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced additional casting for the company’s upcoming 50th ANNIVERSARY SEASON, which opens on November 7 with the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. “Today’s announcement reflects three important aspects of the company’s artistic profile,” said Mattaliano. “They are the Opera’s ability to attract first-rate performers on a national basis, the growth of our Resident Artists program, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the upcoming season, and the depth of talent in the Portland area.”
 

Bass Arthur Woodley returns to Portland Opera as Joe in Show Boat. Woodley’s most recent credits include The Tales of Hoffmann with the Seattle Opera and the world premiere of Champion at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess, performing it in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony and onstage with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Bregenz Festival and the Savonlinna International Festival, among many others.
 

PORTLAND OPERA TAKES CELEBRATED 40-VOICE CHORUS INTO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FOR FREE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EVENT

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CONTACT: Ingrid Arnett, 503-417-0574.

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PORTLAND OPERA TAKES CELEBRATED 40-VOICE CHORUS INTO
DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FOR FREE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EVENT

 

                                                                       
(Portland, OR) –Portland Opera invites the public to its free Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park in downtown Portland (between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park) on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm, offering a sneak peek at what the Portland Opera Chorus is preparing for the upcoming year-long celebration of Portland Opera’s 50th anniversary.

 

“The Open Chorus Rehearsal this year is significant for not just one, but two important anniversaries,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Not only does this concert provide a free preview our 50th anniversary season, it also marks our fifth year presenting this free community event in the heart of city. It is the first of many opportunities throughout the year ahead to celebrate the role that both the community and the chorus play in supporting 49–almost 50–years of great opera productions in Portland.”

 

Portland Opera Offers Unique Summer Adult Education Class: Putting it Together

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CONTACT: Ingrid Arnett, 503-417-0574.

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Portland Opera Offers Unique Summer Adult Education Class:

Putting it Together  

 

Portland, Or –Portland Opera will once again offer its highly interactive class Putting it Together from August 5-September 23at The Hampton Opera Center. This comprehensive, eight-week class offers a hands-on understanding of how an opera company brings an opera to the stage.  

 

“This program was designed to strengthen community and give people a greater appreciation of opera and the amazing folks who create it,” says Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach, Alexis Hamilton, who designed Putting it Together. Students will meet and get to know many members of the Portland Opera staff including General Director Christopher Mattaliano.

 

Students meet every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Each week a different topic is explored in depth, by starting with the basic history of opera and then delving into the behind-the-scenes process not normally open to the public. Students will find out what it is like to write, design, build, and rehearse an opera. They will also watch a vocal coaching and learn about the singers’ preparation process.   

 

August 5      Break It Down

This first class explores a brief history of opera and the building blocks and conventions of the art form. Instructor: Alexis Hamilton.

 

August 12     Plan It

New Portland Opera Marketing Team in Place and Looking Toward the 50th Anniversary Season

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CONTACT: Ingrid Arnett, 503-417-0574.

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NEW PORTLAND OPERA MARKETING TEAM IN PLACE AND LOOKING TOWARD THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the appointment of Mark Tiarks as the company’s Director of Marketing and Communications, effective immediately. Tiarks served for more than ten years as the Santa Fe Opera’s Director of Planning and Marketing, in addition to prior appointments as the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Artistic Administrator and Director of Development at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Producing Director at Chicago’s Court Theatre.


“I’m delighted that Mark Tiarks has joined the Portland Opera senior management team,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “He has an exceptional track record in increasing attendance and deepening community involvement in new and innovative ways everywhere he has worked. During Mark’s tenure at the Santa Fe Opera, ticket revenues increased by more than 60% and sales to American and world premieres more than doubled. As we look towards the company’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Season and beyond, his skills in strategic planning, audience development and community outreach will be invaluable to Portland Opera.”

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2013/14 SEASON “WHEN PASSIONS COLLIDE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2013/14 SEASON
“WHEN PASSIONS COLLIDE”

 

Portland Opera’s BIG NIGHT  Strauss SALOME
Donizetti LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR   Argento POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO 
Gilbert & Sullivan THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

 

(Portland, Ore) - Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano today announced the details of the 2013/14 Season, the Company’s 49th and one in which Mr. Mattaliano celebrates his tenth as General Director. “I am incredibly excited about our 2013/14 Season and I’m thrilled to be celebrating my 10th Anniversary as General Director of Portland Opera,” said Christopher Mattaliano.  “It has been a rich and fulfilling decade.”

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO THE NEWLY RENAMED PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO THE  NEWLY RENAMED PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

 

Lindsay Ohse

Soprano

Caitlin Mathes

Mezzo Soprano

Matthew Grills

Tenor

André Chiang

Baritone

Nicholas Nelson

PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2012/13 SEASON WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL BIG NIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2012/13 SEASON WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL
 


 

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 PM  |  Keller Auditorium

STREET FAIR BEGINS AT 5:00PM

All Proceeds to Benefit Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Efforts


 

(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera’s 48th Season begins once again on a spectacular note with a jam-packed evening the audience won’t soon forget.  Last season, BIG NIGHT, the Company’s first ever concert of opera’s greatest hits and the free simulcast outdoors exceeded all expectations.  A hit with both the audience inside Keller Auditorium and the hundreds sitting out watching the concert simulcast on huge screen hung on the front of the building; it was a big night in many ways. The season’s concert will again feature all that is big and beloved in opera—the hits, the voices, the choruses, the orchestra.

 

A surprise last year — and a BIG hit — the pre-concert STREET FAIR returns with emcee Sasha Roiz from Grimm and musical treats that include the Vagabond Opera and theRose City Swing Band. There will be plenty of bike racks and food carts  (Bro Dogs, Fuego de Lotus, Taco Pedaler, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream) on hand too. The  post-concert showing of The Marx Brothers A Night at the Opera will take place again simply because it was so much fun last year.

 

Portland Opera To Go Presents: HANSEL AND GRETEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 4, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA TO GO
presents


A family-friendly, 50-minute, English language production of
 

 

Portland, Ore. – Portland Opera To Go, Portland Opera’s state-wide educational tour, hits the road soon with an enchanting, family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.  The 50-minute, English language revival will be directed by Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano with sets by Polly Robbins and costumes by Portland Opera’s Rae Minten. 
 

The travelling troupe in the big white van will visit more than 50 schools around the region.  From the Oregon coast on the west to Ontario on the east, it is one of the largest arts education and outreach tours on the West Coast.  Beginning in January 2012 in Portland, it will include 70 in-school and public performances throughout the state—more than half of which will be heavily subsidized or presented free of charge for families and disadvantaged schools and students. 

 

Portland Opera 50th Aniversary Season Casting Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT

Ingrid Arnett

Opera Marketing & Communications Manager

503-417-0574

 

 

Portland Opera 50th Anniversary Season Casting Expands to Include National Talent, Company Debuts, and Returning Favorites

                               

General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced additional casting for the company’s upcoming 50th ANNIVERSARY SEASON, which opens on November 7 with the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. “Today’s announcement reflects three important aspects of the company’s artistic profile,” said Mattaliano. “They are the Opera’s ability to attract first-rate performers on a national basis, the growth of our Resident Artists program, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the upcoming season, and the depth of talent in the Portland area.”

 

Bass Arthur Woodley returns to Portland Opera as Joe in Show Boat. Woodley’s most recent credits include The Tales of Hoffmann with the Seattle Opera and the world premiere of Champion at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess, performing it in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony and onstage with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Bregenz Festival and the Savonlinna International Festival, among many others.

 

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF RICHARD STRAUSS’S SALOME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF RICHARD STRAUSS’S SALOME

 “IT’S SWIFT, IT’S BRUTAL, AND IT’S BLOODY”

 

November 1, 3, 7, and 9, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay


(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera’s first opera of the 2013/14 Season is a new production of Richard Strauss’s one act opera, Salome, opening November 1 at Keller Auditorium, with additional performances November 3, 7, and 9, 2013. Tickets begin at $20.


“Strauss’s brazenly modern retelling takes off from Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play Salomé, in which the princess shamelessly eroticizes the body of John the Baptist and indulges in a touch of necrophilia at the end,” explains The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross in his book The Rest is Noise.  Rather than setting the text in a traditional verse form, like most opera lyrics, Strauss’s librettois a direct translation of Wilde’s play by German author Hedwig Lachmann. Portland Opera Music Director GEORGE MANAHANconducts the score that Strauss himself described in a 1942 essay as “truly exotic harmony, which shimmer[s], especially in the strange cadences, like iridescent silk.”