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PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.



PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL

BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT in his first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on November 5, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the second recital this season in a free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future.” Mr. Elliott will collaborate with Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master NICHOLAS FOX to present a program that explores the wide range of baritone art song repertoire. Selections will include Stefano Donaudy’s charming late-19th-century songs that emulate the bel canto style and the song cycle “Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House“ by American composer Tom Cipullo, who was called "…one of New York's favorite song composers…" by The New Yorker. The program also includes songs by Maurice Ravel, Ernst Korngold, Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, and Benjamin Britten.

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.

 


PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL
BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTTAND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX


Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum


(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT in his first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on November 5, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the second recital this season in a free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future.” Mr. Elliott will collaborate with Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master NICHOLAS FOX to present a program that explores the wide range of baritone art song repertoire. Selections will include Stefano Donaudy’s charming late-19th-century songs that emulate the bel canto style and the song cycle “Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House“ by American composer Tom Cipullo, who was called "…one of New York's favorite song composers…" by The New Yorker. The program also includes songs by Maurice Ravel, Ernst Korngold, Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, and Benjamin Britten.

PORTLAND OPERA RELEASES A COMMERCIAL RECORDING OF ITS ROCKING” 2011 PRODUCTION OF PHILIP GLASS’ 'GALILEO GALILEI'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.



PORTLAND OPERA RELEASES A COMMERCIAL RECORDING OF ITS “ROCKING” 2011 PRODUCTION OF PHILIP GLASS’ GALILEO GALILEI


(Portland, OR) – Portland Opera is pleased to release the first commercial recording of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei, available September 25, 2013 under the Orange Mountain Music Label. Recorded live at the Newmark Theater in March 2012, this West Coast premiere wasthe Company’s first production of a 21st century opera. Galileo Galilei will be Portland Opera’s second commercial recording of a Philip Glass work, following the success of their 2009 recording of Orphée, which was voted among the “Ten Best of the Year” byOpera News.

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL: SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL

SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents soprano NICOLE HASLETT in her first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on October 1, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the first recital of the 2013/14 Season in Portland Opera’s free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future. ” Ms. Haslett will present a program that explores three hundred years of songs for solo voice and piano, from Henry Purcell’s delicate baroque works to Dominick Argento’s modern and playful Six Elizabethan Songs. This is a unique opportunity to see an emerging star in an intimate setting. “There are no bells and whistles, costumes, or orchestra,” said Ms. Haslett, “just a chance to experience the music simply and meaningfully.”


“This Recital Series is a very important component of the program, both for the singers and for our audience,” said Portland Opera’s Director of Artistic Operations Clare Burovac. “The combination of solo voice and piano presents a distinct set of challenges to the performers and allows our audience to get to know these singers in a way that is uniquely personal, and also quite different from their presentations on the Keller and Newmark stages.”

PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


A SNEAK PEEK INTO A RIGOROUS REHEARSAL PROCESS


THE FIRST CHANCE TO SEE NEWLY APPOINTED CHORUS MASTER
NICHOLAS FOX IN ACTION


Sunday, September 15, 3-5pm | Director Park
(Between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)


(Portland, OR) – Portland Opera invites the public to its fourth annual free Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park in downtown Portland on Sunday, September 15 at 3pm, an unfettered sneak peek at how the “exquisite” Portland Opera Chorus (Opera News) prepares for performance. “We aim to make opera available to everyone in Portland, and this is a great opportunity for us to share what we do with the city in a completely casual environment,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Hearing 55 operatic voices together is an almost indescribable, absolutely visceral experience, and what better venue than Director Park for our fellow Portlanders to watch and hear these talented singers up close as they rehearse works by some of the greatest opera composers? It strikes me as an ideal way for anyone who has always been curious about opera to get a taste for this astonishing music.”

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES FOUR NEW RISING STARS TO THE PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM.


SELECTED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL POOL OF OVER 400 APPLICANTS.


HAILED AS A “CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC’S FUTURE.”

 

Soprano Nicole HaslettMezzo soprano Melissa FajardoTenor Ian José Ramirez Alexander Elliott

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera is thrilled to welcome four new singers to the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program for the 2013/14 Season, now in its ninth year. Soprano NICOLE HASLETT, mezzo soprano MELISSA FAJARDO, tenor IAN JOSÉ RAMIREZ, and baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT will make their debuts at Portland Opera’s season opener, the Big Night Concert conducted by Portland Opera Music Director George Manahan,this September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium.


Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program serves as a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage. These young artists are selected from an international pool of more than four hundred applicants to spend nine months in Portland, performing with Portland Opera and studying with leading professionals in the field.

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH THE 'BIG NIGHT CONCERT'

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH
 

 

A CONCERT TO BENEFIT PORTLAND OPERA’S
EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS


“A LAVISH PROGRAM OF OPERATIC GREATEST HITS” INCLUDING “NESSUN DORMA,” “VISSI D’ARTE,” AND “HABANERA” FROM CARMEN

 

MARKING SEVERAL IMPORTANT PORTLAND OPERA DEBUTS

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 PM | Keller Auditorium

 

(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera's 49th Season kicks off with the annual Big Night Concert on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Keller Auditorium, 7:30pm.

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.

 


 

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

PRAISED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR GEORGE MANAHAN FOR HIS “MAGISTERIAL PREPARATION OF THE CHORUS”

 

(Portland, Ore.) – After an extensive national search, Portland Opera is pleased to announce Nicholas Fox will join Portland Opera’s artistic staff as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master starting with the 2013/14 Season. “Mr. Fox comes to Portland Opera with a wealth of experience from internationally renowned classical music organizations such as New York City Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Deutsche Oper Berlin,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “I’m confident his musical knowledge and expertise as a pianist and conductor will be an asset to our chorus, orchestra, and resident artist program. We are thrilled to have him onboard!”


Mr. Fox was engaged by Portland Opera this past May to serve as guest Chorus Master for Falstaff, receiving accolades from Portland Opera patrons and staff, as well as glorious critical acclaim. Oregon Music News made special mention of the “outstanding chorus, prepared expertly by Nicholas Fox,” in a production The Oregonian noted as “the strongest show the company has presented in years.”


“I was impressed by Nicholas Fox’s magisterial preparation of the chorus,” said Portland Opera’s Music Director George Manahan. “His ability to elicit the very best from singers and instrumentalists is truly extraordinary, and he will be a terrific addition to the Portland Opera family.”

Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

 

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano today announced that Dominick Argento’s 1971 opera, Postcard from Morocco will replace Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the 2013/14 Season.  Portland Opera is thrilled to be collaborating with the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music to produce Postcard from Morocco in an all-new production featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists and performed in the Newmark Theatre.


The partnership with San Francisco Conservatory of Music comes on the heels of the very successful alliance with the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for the Company’s recent production of Rinaldo.  Kevin Newbury, know for his direction of two very popular Portland Opera productions — last season’s Galileo Galilei and Nixon in China in 2006 — will direct both here in Portland and in San Francisco.  Newbury was originally slated to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Portland designers Curt Enderle (sets) and Sue Bonde (costumes) will design the show.  Their work was last seen at Portland Opera in 2012 when they created a magical and very memorable Galileo Galilei.

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS FALSTAFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

GIUSEPPE VERDI'S

FALSTAFF

May 10, 12m, 16, 18, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera opens Verdi’s comedic masterpiece, Falstaff, on May 10 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances on May 12, 16 and 18.  Christopher Mattaliano’s rollicking productioncloses a season called “Larger Than Life” with opera’s largest and most full of life character — Falstaff — who famously declared that “he who laughs last, laughs best.”  Together, Verdi’s legendary sense of theater and Falstaff’s legendary lust for life guarantee an evening full of merriment and one perfect for both the seasoned and new operagoer.


Verdi wrote only two comedies and he wrote Falstaff when he was nearly 80 years old.  The third of Verdi’s operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, it is an extremely spirited, sensual and youthful work.  The music possesses immense charm and sparkle with wonderful individual arias throughout the opera.  An impeccable, virtuosic ensemble opera, Falstaff teems with tricks, twists and trysts, culminating in an evening where the music, action and comic momentum never stop.  Last performed in 1991, Falstaff makes a welcome return to Portland Opera.