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Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital: José Rubio & Jonathan Kimple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

JOSÉ RUBIO & JONATHAN KIMPLE

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00pm / Sherman Clay Pianos

Jose Rubio  Jonathan Kimple

Enjoy another unforgettable evening of vocal chamber music when the spotlight shines on baritone José Rubio and bass Jonathan Kimple in the third Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital of the 2008/09 season.  The recital features the songs of Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Hahn, Chausson, Duparc, Brahms, Tosti and Rachmaninoff.

These Studio Artists Recitals have proven very popular, with the first two turning into standing-room-only events. The intimate nature of the recitals allow the audience an opportunity to experience the close relationship between composer, singer and accompanist.

 


WHAT:     Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital: José Rubio and Jonathan Kimple accompanied by Portland

                Opera Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley.

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series February Topic: Cavalli's LA CALISTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
FEBRUARY TOPIC:
Cavalli's LA CALISTO
with Roberty Ainsley and the
Portland Opera Studio Artists

 

 

 

Bring your lunch and join Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley, and the Portland Opera Studio Artists, for an exploration of the music and history behind this season’s Portland Opera Studio Artist production—Cavalli’s La Calisto. The program includes musical highlights from the Studio Artists.

 

The gods mix it up with the mortals in this Baroque gem. What’s a girl to do when the head of the gods himself keeps hitting on her? It’s no easy thing, even in this humorous romp. Baroque opera continues its conquest of the 21st century with this heady brew of humor and sincerity. Featuring the Portland Opera Studio Artists, now for the first time in the beautiful intimacy of the Newmark Theatre.

 

La Calisto opens March 13, 2009.
For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. February topic:

Cavalli's LA CALISTO.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:   Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, January 2, 2009.
WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

Portland Opera Announces 2009/10 Season Love & Marriage

CONTACT:  Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2009/10 SEASON

love and marriage


LA BOHÈME ♦ ORPHÉE ♦ COSÌ FAN TUTTE
TROUBLE IN TAHITI ♦ THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

 

Portland Opera to Go takes Rossini's Cinderella & Opera Improv on the Road...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 6, 2009  
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA TO GO TAKES
ROSSINI’S CINDERELLA & OPERA IMPROV
ON THE ROAD TO SCHOOL CHILDREN
ALL OVER OREGON!

 

“…The old wrongs have vanished from my mind.  My revenge shall be…to forgive you!”  
Cinderella, adapted by Randall Stuart

 

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series January Topic: Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
JANUARY TOPIC:
Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW
with Rob Ainsley

 

 

Bring your lunch and join Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley for an exploration of the music and history behind Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, complete with musical highlights.

A haunting ghost story that will put audiences on the edge of their seats, The Turn of the Screw marks the first Benjamin Britten opera to be presented on the Keller Auditorium stage. Based on a Henry James well-known tale, Britten’s opera is a modern masterpiece that preserves almost every detail of James’ story. It is an atmospheric, strange and powerful piece with intense, evocative music.

The Turn of the Screw opens February 6, 2009. For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org.


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. January topic:

Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:   Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, January 2, 2009.
WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

These ongoing lunch presentations are held at Multnomah County Central Library from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the First Friday of each month.


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"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series December Topic: The How-To Guide to Education and Outreach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES

DECEMBER TOPIC:
The How-To Guide to Education and Outreach


While the audience enjoys their lunch, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach, Alexis Hamilton, will present an entertaining exploration of the behind-the-scenes work involved in taking the power of opera and the importance of music to thousands of children in schools throughout Oregon. From creating curriculum to booking performances, the ever-captivating Alexis Hamilton will tell all about Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach efforts.



WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. December topic:
             The How-To Guide to Education and Outreach.
             FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:   Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, December 5, 2008.
WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

These ongoing lunch presentations are held at Multnomah County Central Library from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the First Friday of each month.

 

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"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series November Topic: Art Song vs. Opera...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES

NOVEMBER TOPIC:

Art Song vs. Opera…
and the difference between the two.

While the audience enjoys their lunch, Portland Opera Chorusmaster Rob Ainsley and the Portland Opera Studio Artists will enjoy an entertaining musical exploration of Art Song vs. Opera. Ainsley provides background and musical highlights with his usual charm and endless knowledge of the subject.

 


WHAT: Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation.
           November topic: Art Song vs. Opera and the difference between the two.
           FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN: Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, November 7, 2008.

WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

These ongoing lunch presentations are held at Multnomah County Central Library from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the First Friday of each month.

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NEW Fidelio dress rehearsal photos

Beethoven's Fidelio has the same impact as his Ninth Symphony, music so joyous and a finale so glorious, it is a life-changing moment in the theater.  Our cameras were at Monday night's dress rehearsal!!

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic
"What pleasure to breathe fresh air"  The prisoners are let out for a rare opportunity of fresh air.

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic

Don Pizarro (Greer Grimsley) pays Rocco (Arthur Woodley) to murder Florestan but he refuses and Don Pizarro says he'll do it himself.

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic

Fidelio (Leonore / Lori Phillips) sings about the pain and love she feels for her husband, locked in the depths of the prison and scheduled to die.

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic

Don Pizarro (Greer Grimsley) prepares to murder Florestan.

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic

Fidelio (Leonore / Lori Phillips) has saved her husband Florestan (Jay Hunter Morris) and now defies Don Pizarro.

 

Fidelio rehearsal pic

Florestan (Jay Hunter Morris) has spent two years locked away in darkness.  He sings of his wife Leonore.

 

Fidelio rehearsal photo
Rocco (Arthur Woodley) explains to Don Pizarro (Greer Grimsley) why he has let the prisoners into the yard for fresh air.

 

More information about Fidelio here.

Don’t have tickets?  They’re going fast.  503-241-1802 to get yours now!

NEA Opera Honors

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has established its first individual arts award in 25 years, the NEA Opera Honors. The awards, which celebrate lifetime achievement and individual excellence, will be presented on October 31 at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, DC, with performances by the Washington National Opera and members of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists program, conducted by Placido Domingo. NEA chairman Dana Gioia says that the new award "recognizes that American opera has truly come of age with our singers, musicians, composers, directors, designers and opera companies who are second to none in the world." OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization, is the NEA partner in the Opera Honors program. In this inaugural year of the award, Washington National Opera is also a partner.

The first NEA Opera Honors are being given in four categories: singer, composer, advocate and conductor. Soprano  Leontyne Price is known for her elegant musicianship, her generosity to young singers and her remarkable recording legacy. Composer Carlisle Floyd has had a long and distinguished career; his many memorable operas include Susannah and Of Mice and Men. Advocate winner Richard Gaddes, the general director of the Santa Fe Opera and co-founder of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, is known for challenging, adventurous programming. James Levine, who has led the Metropolitan Opera premieres of work by composers from Mozart to Weill and the world premieres of American operas by John Corigliano and John Harbison, has also fine-tuned the Met orchestra into one of the world's leading ensembles.

For more information, visit www.arts.gov/honors/opera, www.operaamerica.org and www.dc-opera.org.

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series October Topic: Beethoven's Fidelio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
OCTOBER TOPIC:
Beethoven’s FIDELIO

Beethoven’s first and only opera, Fidelio, is a classic rescue story with a breathtaking last minute liberation. A work of great beauty and significance, Fidelio was composed when Beethoven was facing the agonies of losing his hearing and longed to free himself from the cage of his deafness. The themes expressed in Fidelio were very personal to him. He identified strongly with the ideas of faith, determination, and the reward of patience during this period of personal crisis. His triumphant score represents a magnificent tribute to freedom, fidelity and the indomitable human spirit.

Join Portland Opera Chorus Master Rob Ainsley and the Portland Opera Studio Artists as they provide background and musical highlights from this stunning work, not seen at Portland Opera for nearly 30 years.

Fidelio opens November 7 at Keller Auditorium. For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org.