September 15, 2014

Press Release: Portland Opera Quartet to Give Free Season Previews at Venues Throughout the Portland Area

Portland Opera’s 2014/15 Resident Artists Katrina Galka, Ian José Ramirez, and Alexander Elliott, along with guest artist Laura Beckel Thoreson, will give a series of season previews for the company’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Season, which opens on Friday, November 7 with Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr.

Their 50-minute program includes “The Toreador Song” and the “Habanera” from Carmen, the champagne ensemble from Die Fledermaus, “Una furtiva lagrima” from The Elixir of Love, and “Make Believe” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine” from Show Boat.

The following performances are free and open to the public:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., 7pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23: The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave, Doors open at 5pm
  • Saturday, Sept. 27: Multnomah Public Library 150th Anniversary, circa 12:30pm
  • Sunday, Oct. 5: Vie de Bohème, 1530 SE 7th Ave (7th at Clay), 5pm

The quartet and their season preview will also be featured on All Classical Portland’s “Thursdays @ Three” live radio broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 3pm.

Katrina Galka headshot websiteSoprano KATRINA GALKA is a first-year Resident Artist whose solo roles with Portland Opera this season will include Frasquita in Carmen and Ida in Die Fledermaus. Katrina received her master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University earlier this year and has appeared with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for the past two seasons. Roles she has performed include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld.

Laura Beckel ThoresonMezzo-soprano LAURA BECKEL THORESON has sung as a guest artist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Opera, and the Utah Festival Opera. Her opera repertory includes Nefertiti in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, the Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide, Jo March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She is diploma candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she received her master’s degree in voice, and a newly appointed member of the voice faculty at the University of Portland.

Ian Jose Ramirez

Tenor IAN JOSÉ RAMIREZ returns to Portland for his second year in the Resident Artist program and will sing Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Le Remendado in Carmen, Jim in Show Boat, and Sellem in The Rake’s Progress. Earlier this summer Ian performed with the Caramoor Center’s Bel Canto Opera program, preceded by appearances with the Oregon Symphony and Opera Theater Oregon.

Alexander Elliott

Baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT also returns for his second year as a Resident Artist, during which he will perform Frank in Die Fledermaus, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Steve Baker in Show Boat, and Belcore in The Elixir of Love. Alexander spent the summer as a participant in the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Program and was the featured vocalist in the Oregon Symphony’s Waterfront Concert on Thursday, August 28.

Portland Opera’s 2014-15 50th Anniversary Season

Nov 7-15, 2014           Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss, Jr.), sung in English

Feb 6-14, 2015            Carmen (Georges Bizet), sung in French

May 1-9, 2015             Show Boat (Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II), sung in English

June 11-14, 2015         The Rake’s Progress (Igor Stravinsky), sung in English

July 17-Aug 1, 2015    The Elixir of Love (Gaetano Donizetti), sung in Italian and performed at the Newmark Theatre

Subscription packages for the Portland Opera 2014/15 season are now on sale, with three, four, and five-opera packages available. Three-opera packages begin at just $95 and five-opera subscriptions start at $170. For more information or to order subscription tickets, visit PortlandOpera.org or call 503-241-1802 (M-F; 9a-5p).