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La Traviata Performance Photos!

With the 2008/09 season-opening production of La Traviata set to open on Friday, September 26, we're happy to share some of the most powerful moments of the production!  Photos courtesy Cory Weaver.

 

 

Violetta and Alfredo

Act I.  Love blooms between Violetta (soprano Maria Kanyova) and Alfredo (tenor Richard Troxell).

 

Violetta

Act I.  But suddenly Violetta has second thoughts about giving up her lively world and sings the famous "Sempre Libera."

 

Germond and Violetta

Act II.  She eventually gives in to that love, sharing her life with Alfredo, only to hear from Alfredo's father (baritone Richard Zeller) that she must abandon that love.

 

Germond and Alfredo

Act II.  Alfredo gets the same message from his father.

 

Violetta and Alfredo

Act III.  And so the two have parted ways.  But in this powerful scene, the lovers reunite.  Alas, Violetta is clearly very ill.

 

Violetta dies in Alfredo's arms
Act III.  The final moment as Violetta dies.

 

More information about La Traviata here.

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

Photos from the La Traviata rehearsal hall.

Rehearsals are wondrous places where singers, conductors, and directors work incredibly hard for weeks to bring a production like Traviata to stage.  Here, they refine all the elements--musical and theatrical--that will thrill us in a few weeks in the Keller Auditorium.

 

 

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Richard Zeller as Germont explains to Violetta (Maria Kanyova) why she must let go of his son, Alfredo. It's a powerful moment as she realizes that Germont is right and that she must turn away from the man she truly loves.
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But it's no easy thing as she realizes what life will be like without him. Tenor Richard Troxell (Alfredo) waits his turn.
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Germont (Richard Zeller) now tries to convince his son, Alfredo, that he too must turn his back on love and leave Violetta behind. Like Violetta, he is crushed under the weight of society's inability to understand and accept their love.

 

More information about La Traviata here.

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

Meet the 2008/09 Portland Opera Studio Artists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 12, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2008/09 STUDIO ARTISTS

Hannah Penn Sharin Apostolou Brendan Tuohy Jonathan W. Kimple Jose Rubio

"Would You Like an Aria with those Fries?" September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 20, 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

SEPTEMBER TOPIC:  Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA

September’s lunchtime event kicks off Portland Opera’s 2008/09 Season – Life on the Edge – with one of the most beloved of Verdi’s operas – LA TRAVIATA.  

Robert Ainsley, Portland Opera’s Chorus Master and Principal Coach will explore the music and history behind this intensely moving opera of soaring melodies and a very tragic tale.  Enjoy your lunch and enjoy musical highlights from LA TRAVIATA performed by the Portland Opera Studio Artists.

Portland Opera’s LA TRAVIATA opens September 26 at the Keller Auditorium.


WHAT:       Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation.
                 September topic: Verdi’s La Traviata.
                 FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:      Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, September 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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Portland Opera Names New Director of Artistic Administration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 14, 2008
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PORTLAND OPERA NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION

Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has named Ms. Clare Burovac as the Company’s first Director of Artistic Administration.

“This is a key position in our Company,” he said.  “The success of every aspect of our operations, from ticket sales to fundraising, is driven by the artistic quality of our opera productions.  Bolstering our artistic team is an important part of our determination and dedication to continued artistic growth.  Clare brings us the talent, the operatic experience, and the relationships within the opera world to help us reach a new artistic level.”

As the Director of Artistic Administration, Ms. Burovac’s wide-ranging responsibilities will include oversight of the Portland Opera Studio program, negotiating artists’ contracts, researching and recommending artists, acting as primary liaison between the Company and its chorus and orchestra, negotiating performance rights, among many other activities.

All Classical 89.9 to Broadcast Portland Opera's 2007/08 Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 17, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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ALL CLASSICAL 89.9 TO BROADCAST PORTLAND OPERA’S 2007/08 PERFORMANCES

Partnership will also feature airing of commercial CD recordings of the upcoming 2008/09 Season.

Oregon and Southwest Washington opera lovers and soon-to-be-opera lovers will reap the benefits of a continued partnership between Portland Opera and All Classical.  Thanks to this partnership the area will enjoy broadcasts of Portland Opera’s performances from its 2007/08 season—Great Women of the Stage—Carmen, Cinderella (La Cenerentola), Rodelinda, Albert Herring and Aida.  Those broadcasts will be followed by broadcasts of commercial CD recordings of Portland Opera’s upcoming 2008/09 Season—Life on the Edge—Verdi’s La Traviata, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Cavalli’s La Calisto and Verdi’s Rigoletto.

This marks the fourth season that All Classical will air such recordings.  Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano commented that “we are very pleased to continue our partnership with All Classical.  Broadcasting last season’s performances will give thousands of patrons the particular pleasure of enjoying the season’s highlights once again.  Broadcasting those performances and previewing the upcoming season go a great distance in helping make opera accessible to our entire community. Our huge thanks go to All Classical and its talented team who have become key players in the region’s cultural landscape.”

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" August press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 17, 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
AUGUST TOPIC:
CLASSICAL VS. ROMANTIC

A look at two major approaches to art and music.

Relax with a tasty lunch while the engaging Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach, explores two major approaches to art and music:  The Classical Approach and the Romantic Approach.  Hamilton will discuss how these distinct approaches span the ages.  The talk will feature musical highlights and artwork.

WHAT:    Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation.  August topic: Classical vs. Romantic; Major Approaches to Art and Music.   FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
WHEN:    Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, August 1, 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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Portland Opera Studio Auditions for 2009-2010

Audition Locations and Dates

    Portland, OR

    Hampton Opera Center
    November 14, 2008

    New York City
    Liederkranz Hall
    December 1, 2, 2008  (with callbacks on December 3, 2008)

Application Procedure

(Please provide the following):


•    Detailed résumé  
•    1 8x10 black and white photograph clearly marked with your name
•    CD with 4 Operatic Arias: one each in Italian, French, English, and German (Russian or Czech will be accepted in lieu of German).  Musical Theater or Oratorio will not be accepted.
Please list your arias and name on the CD. Those without will not be considered.
•    Non-refundable application fee of $25 paid to the Portland Opera by money order only
•    Cover Letter specifying city and or date preferred (Date requests for NYC will be given in order of receipt)

Audition Requirements

•    As this program is designed to bridge the gap between an artist’s education and professional career; ideal candidates have completed their postgraduate education and may have had some professional experience. Most applicants are between 24 to 32 years of age.

Application Deadline

•    Applications must be in our offices by October 6, 2008

Audition Notification

•    Those chosen to audition will be notified via email by October 13, 2008

2008 Eleanor Lieber Winners press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 19, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA’S
2008 ELEANOR LIEBER AWARD

WINNER ANNOUNCED

They came from as far away as New York to vie for $25,000 in prize money.  Eleven finalists, selected from over 30 singers heard in the Saturday preliminary round, entertained an appreciative house in the Portland Opera Studio at The Hampton Opera Center on Sunday, May 18.

After an exhilarating weekend of singing, soprano Angela Meade from Philadelphia walked away with the first prize and the check for $10,000.  Ms. Meade, aged 30, currently studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and was one of the six winners of the national level 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

The second and third place prizes were combined to create two second place prizes of $4000 each.  The winners were 29-year-old mezzo soprano Margaret Gawrysiak from Geneseo, IL and 26-year-old soprano Elizabeth Baldwin from Bloomington, IN.

It was a good day for the Portland Opera Studio Artists.  The Audience Favorite Award of $1000 went to tenor Brendan Tuohy.  Soprano Sharin Apostolou and bass Jeffrey G. Beruan both received an Encouragement Award of $1000 each.

The Eleanor Lieber Awards were begun in 1980 to provide cash study awards for outstanding young vocalists between the ages of 23 and 35.  Originally open to singers from the Northwest, the Awards have been expanded to include all U.S. citizens.  Through Ms. Lieber’s vision and generous patronage, an endowment fund was created to provide continuing support for the development of opera singers well into the future.  Established upon her death in 1990, the fund is managed by the Oregon Community Foundation.

Judges for this year’s Eleanor Lieber Awards were American baritone Richard Zeller, artist manager Robert Gilder, and General Director of Tacoma Opera, Kathryn Smith.