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Portland Opera and OMSI to Launch “Opera on Screen” Film Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ingrid Arnett

Opera Marketing & Communications Manager

503-417-0574

 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Tess Payne

Senior Director of Marketing

503-797-4539

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Portland Opera and OMSI to Launch “Opera on Screen” Film Series

 

(Portland, OR) Portland Opera and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will collaborate to present “Opera on Screen,” a series of high-definition film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera. The series opens on Friday, September 5 with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and continues with Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Rondine, and Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The screenings take place at OMSI’s recently renovated Empirical Theater, which features a four-story tall screen and a Dolby Atmos sound system, making it the most technologically advanced venue in the state. Each screening will be preceded by a special introduction given by a Portland Opera staff member.

General admission tickets for the complete series and individual screenings now on sale at www.omsi.edu/emperical-theater. Portland Opera subscribers and OMSI members receive significant discounts on subscriptions and single tickets.

 

The complete schedule of screenings is:

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Portland Opera 50th Anniversary Season Casting Expands to Include National Talent, Company Debuts, and Returning Favorites

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General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced additional casting for the company’s upcoming 50th ANNIVERSARY SEASON, which opens on November 7 with the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. “Today’s announcement reflects three important aspects of the company’s artistic profile,” said Mattaliano. “They are the Opera’s ability to attract first-rate performers on a national basis, the growth of our Resident Artists program, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the upcoming season, and the depth of talent in the Portland area.”
 

Bass Arthur Woodley returns to Portland Opera as Joe in Show Boat. Woodley’s most recent credits include The Tales of Hoffmann with the Seattle Opera and the world premiere of Champion at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess, performing it in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony and onstage with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Bregenz Festival and the Savonlinna International Festival, among many others.
 

PORTLAND OPERA TAKES CELEBRATED 40-VOICE CHORUS INTO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FOR FREE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EVENT

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PORTLAND OPERA TAKES CELEBRATED 40-VOICE CHORUS INTO
DOWNTOWN PORTLAND FOR FREE OUTDOOR COMMUNITY EVENT

 

                                                                       
(Portland, OR) Portland Opera invites the public to its free Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park in downtown Portland (between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park) on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm, offering a sneak peek at what the Portland Opera Chorus is preparing for the upcoming year-long celebration of Portland Opera’s 50th anniversary.

 

“The Open Chorus Rehearsal this year is significant for not just one, but two important anniversaries,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Not only does this concert provide a free preview our 50th anniversary season, it also marks our fifth year presenting this free community event in the heart of city. It is the first of many opportunities throughout the year ahead to celebrate the role that both the community and the chorus play in supporting 49–almost 50–years of great opera productions in Portland.”

 

Portland Opera Offers Unique Summer Adult Education Class: Putting it Together

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Portland Opera Offers Unique Summer Adult Education Class:

Putting it Together  

 

(Portland, OR) –Portland Opera will once again offer its highly interactive class Putting it Together from August 5-September 23at The Hampton Opera Center. This comprehensive, eight-week class offers a hands-on understanding of how an opera company brings an opera to the stage.  

 

“This program was designed to strengthen community and give people a greater appreciation of opera and the amazing folks who create it,” says Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach, Alexis Hamilton, who designed Putting it Together. Students will meet and get to know many members of the Portland Opera staff including General Director Christopher Mattaliano.

 

Students meet every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Each week a different topic is explored in depth, by starting with the basic history of opera and then delving into the behind-the-scenes process not normally open to the public. Students will find out what it is like to write, design, build, and rehearse an opera. They will also watch a vocal coaching and learn about the singers’ preparation process.   

 

August 5      Break It Down

This first class explores a brief history of opera and the building blocks and conventions of the art form. Instructor: Alexis Hamilton.

 

August 12     Plan It

New Portland Opera Marketing Team in Place and Looking Toward the 50th Anniversary Season

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NEW PORTLAND OPERA MARKETING TEAM IN PLACE AND LOOKING TOWARD THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the appointment of Mark Tiarks as the company’s Director of Marketing and Communications, effective immediately. Tiarks served for more than ten years as the Santa Fe Opera’s Director of Planning and Marketing, in addition to prior appointments as the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater, Artistic Administrator and Director of Development at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Producing Director at Chicago’s Court Theatre.


“I’m delighted that Mark Tiarks has joined the Portland Opera senior management team,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “He has an exceptional track record in increasing attendance and deepening community involvement in new and innovative ways everywhere he has worked. During Mark’s tenure at the Santa Fe Opera, ticket revenues increased by more than 60% and sales to American and world premieres more than doubled. As we look towards the company’s upcoming 50th Anniversary Season and beyond, his skills in strategic planning, audience development and community outreach will be invaluable to Portland Opera.”