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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.

 

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
ContactJim Fullan

 

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.