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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS TOSCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

GIACOMO PUCCINI'S

February 1, 3m, 7, 9, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium

 

(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera continues its 2012/13 Season—Larger Than Life—with Puccini’s Tosca featuring the Company debut of American soprano Kara Shay Thomson in the title role and returning Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell as Cavaradossi.  Tosca runs for four performances February 1, 3m, 7, 9, 2013.  Last produced at Portland Opera in 2005, the opera is presented in a beautiful, classic production critics called “a Tosca to remember.”

 

“A genius at theatrical pacing, Puccini is by far the most popular opera composer of all time with the general public,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano.  “Perhaps his most gripping work, a cinematic intensity drives the thriller in ways reminiscent of Hitchcock or Scorsese.  In Tosca, Puccini fans will find everything they love about the composer—and opera—gorgeous soaring melodies and taut intense action.”

 

Portland Opera Presents Mozart's DON GIOVANNI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART'S

DON GIOVANNI
 

November 2, 4m, 8, 10, 2012  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay


 

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera’s 2012/13 Season—Larger Than Life—gets into full swing with Mozart’s most powerful opera, Don Giovanni.  A masterpiece by any standard, Don Giovanni opens November 2 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances November 4m, 8, 10, 2012.  Tickets begin at $25.


The hero of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni has shocked, outraged and fascinated audiences since his first sighting in Prague a couple hundred years ago.  Suave and maniacal, he is a seducer and murderer who answers to nothing but his drives and desires.  Portland Opera’s production, originally created for New York City Opera in 2009 by Christopher Alden, was praised by The New York Times as “dark, erotic and vividly theatrical . . . striking, insightful.”  Alden will restage his popular work here, unearthing the heart of this timeless, disturbing tale in a production that provides a fiercely dramatic and very satisfying evening in the theater.

PORTLAND OPERA INVITES PUBLIC TO FREE OPEN CHORUS REHEARSAL IN DIRECTOR PARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA INVITES PUBLIC TO FREE

OPEN CHORUS REHEARSAL IN DIRECTOR PARK

Sunday, September 9, 3-5pm  |  Director Park

(between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)

 

The yearly event attracts a large crowd who gather to listen to the acclaimed Portland Opera chorus’ voices soar into the late summer sky.

 

On Sunday, September 9, the public will get an up close look at the detailed work that goes into professional opera chorus preparation with Portland Opera’s third annual, free-to-the-publicopen chorus rehearsal.  Portland Opera’s 48th season begins on a spectacular, star-studded note with the return of last year’s popular concert dubbed BIG NIGHT on September 22. The BIG NIGHT concert will celebrate opera’s most familiar and beautiful music.  This year’s free outdoor chorus rehearsal will provide a wonderful sampling of what everyone loves, those big chorus numbers from the world’s favorite operas.

 

Interim Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master Michelle Alexander will lead the group through the open rehearsal, giving attendees the chance not only to hear the glorious music but also watch as she puts the 65 members of the chorus through their paces.

 

“Making opera accessible to the entire city is very important to us,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano.  “This unique event also gives us the chance to share this beauty with Portland and to give the city a glimpse behind the scenes of the major undertakings our chorus takes on each year.”

 

Portland Opera Presents: Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 11, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS
 


 

May 11-19 | Keller Auditorium

 

A humorous and touching romp from the composer of WEST SIDE STORY.

 

Portland Opera brings its 47th season — When Our World Changes — to a close with Leonard Bernstein’s glorious Candide.  Fast-paced and loaded with political and social satire (no one is safe!), it’s perfect for the current political season.  Rich with familiar tunes like the popular Candide overture and “Glitter and be Gay,” its 40 scenes move country to country faster than surfing the web. 

 

Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano’s original production is a feast for the eyes and a whirlwind escapade of an evening using innovative projections to whisk the audience around the world.  Candide opens May 11 with additional performances on May 13m, 17 and 19. 

 

Candide is a labor of love for me” says Stage Director Christopher Mattaliano. “This is my own adaptation of Bernstein’s wonderful, sprawling, delightful work.”  Mattaliano met Leonard Bernstein at the Spoleto Festival in Italy in 1985 and said, “ it was a highlight of my career and something I will never forget.”  “Bernstein is perhaps the greatest American conductor in addition to being a brilliant composer,” he continued,  “and I’m thrilled to be visiting this work again.”

 

Portland Opera's production of GALILEO GALILEI to be commercially recorded.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA’S UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF

GALILEO GALILEI

TO BE COMMERCIALLY RECORDED

 

Orange Mountain Music to make the first-ever commercial recording of

Philip Glass’ 2002 opera, Galileo Galilei

 

Portland, Ore. –  Portland Opera has announced plans to record their upcoming production of the west coast premiere of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei.  The second commercial recording for Portland Opera—and its first 21st century opera—it follows the Company’s historic recording of Philip Glass’ Orphée in 2009; a recording voted “Ten Best of the Year” by Opera News.

 

Portland Opera now turns from the full-scale drama of Orphée to the intimacy of Galileo Galilei—a chamber opera for nine singers and 15 instrumentalists. Composed in 2002, it is Glass’ 18th opera with a libretto by the noted American writer and director Mary Zimmerman. Based on the life of the Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), it’s presented in one act consisting of 10 scenes without a break.

 

Orphée was a wonderful experience and a highlight in Portland Opera’s 47-year history,” said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Having Philip Glass here energized both the Company and the community.” 

 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTIST RECITAL: Mezzo Soprano Caitlin Mathes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508, jsheridan@portlandopera.org



PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

Mezzo Soprano

CAITLIN MATHES

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

Enjoy a superb evening of cabaret and art song when the spotlight shines on mezzo soprano CAITLIN MATHES, accompanied by THOMAS WEBB. This recital is the final in the 2011-12 Portland Opera Studio Artist Recital series that Oregon Arts Watch called, “cause for optimism about classical music’s future,” and Ms. Mathes offers a fascinating, beautiful and thought provoking program.

 

Ms. Mathes’ recital focuses on pieces banned in Germany during the 1930’s and 40s, called Entartet Musik or “Degenerate Music,” deemed unfit for public consumption on the grounds that it was un-German; influenced by jazz or modernism, or written by Jewish or Marxist composers who dared to oppose the Nazi regime. This program, featuring works from MENDELSSOHN, MAHLER, WEILL and many others, celebrates the breadth and beauty of this work and reminds us of the sad stories of these persecuted artists.

 

Ms. Mathes has been praised by critics for her “natural acting ability” and “vocal agility” and was recently awarded first place in the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition. This season, she has appeared with Portland Opera in the Big Night Concert and as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Upcoming roles include Maria Maddalena / A Scribe in Galileo Galilei and Paquette in Candide.
 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL: Bass Baritone Nicholas Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

Bass Baritone

NICHOLAS NELSON

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

Enjoy an evening of exceptional chamber music when the spotlight shines on bass baritone NICHOLAS NELSON in his second Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital.  This is the perfect opportunity to experience an intimate performance of the rising young artist called “outstanding” by Oregon Music News.

 

Mr. Nelson’s recital program is a true reflection of his multi-faceted talents and command of diverse repertoire. He will open the recital with four Renaissance lute songs by John Dowland, accompanying himself on the guitar. Then Portland Opera Associate Music Director ROBERT AINSLEY will join him for works by Franz Schubert, Hanns Eisler and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

 


 

Nicholas Nelson’s Recital Program

 

John Dowland (1563-1626):

Flow, my tears

Come again

Clear or Cloudy 

Lady, if you so spite me

 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):

Il Traditor Deluso

Der Schiffer

Auf der Donau

Portland Opera Presents: Philip Glass' GALILEO GALILEI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 1, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS THE ANNUAL

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTIST PRODUCTION

 

THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

                               

March 30, April 1m, 3, 5, 7 2012 |  Newmark Theatre
 

Philip Glass’ 18th opera, Galileo Galilei, tells the story of the great Italian physicist’s struggle with the Catholic Church and his own faith. Opening at the end of Galileo’s life, as he faces trial for heresy and closing with Galileo as a young boy, watching an opera composed by his father, the chamber opera explores the delicate relationships between science, religion and art.

 

The opera was commissioned by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and premiered on June 24, 2002, with a libretto by Mary Zimmerman with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein. This production will feature the PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS with all-new sets and costumes by Portland Opera. This is Portland Opera’s first twenty-first century opera, and will be performed in the intimate Newmark Theatre. A new Portland Opera production.

 



TICKET INFORMATION

PORTLAND OPERA  |  GALILEO GALILEI

Fri. 3/30, Tues. 4/3 Thurs. 4/5, Sat. 4/7 at 7:30 PM  |  Sun. 4/1 at 2:00 PM
 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTIST RECITAL: Soprano Lindsay Ohse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

Soprano

LINDSAY OHSE
 


 

Tuesday, January 31, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of Mozart, Poulenc and Rachmaninov when the spotlight shines on soprano LINDSAY OHSE in her first Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital.  These Studio Artists recitals are the perfect opportunity to get to know the voices of our talented young artists in an intimate setting where the audience experiences the close relationship between composer, singer and accompanist.  Portland Opera Associate Music Director ROBERT AINSLEY will accompany Ms. Ohse.
 

Described as “sparkling” by Opera News, Lindsay Ohse has already won the hearts of Portland audiences as Barabina in the Company’s recent The Marriage of Figaro and as featured artist in the first ever Big Night gala concert. This season she will sing the role of Maria Celeste in Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei, as well as Maria in Wichita Grand Opera’s La Fille du Regiment and Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites with Des Moines Metro Opera.
 

Portland Opera Presents Puccini's MADAME BUTTERFLY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 28, 2011

CONTACT:Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508, jsheridan@portlandopera.org


 PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

 

February 3, 5m, 9, 11, 2012 | Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

 

The Cast | Facts | Related Events | Ticket Information

 

(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera is pleased to announce Puccini’s goldmine of unforgettable musical moments, Madame Butterfly,  opening February 3 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances on February 5m,9 and 11, 2012.  Tickets, beginning at $20 can be purchased at the Portland Opera box office and Ticketmaster outlets. 

 

Madame Butterfly reflects the opening of Asia to the Western World,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano, “and therefore fits perfectly with this season’s theme of When Our World Changes.  The opera resonates today,” he continues, “because it is a very human work of deeply felt characters.  Cio-Cio-San is one of the richest characters in all of opera, and Butterfly Puccini’s greatest work.”