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All Classical 89.9 FM to Broadcast Portland Opera's 2008/09 Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 30, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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ALL CLASSICAL 89.9 FM TO BROADCAST
PORTLAND OPERA’S 2008/09 PERFORMANCES

 

 

PORTLAND OPERA IN JUNE "OPERA NEWS"

The Two Sisters

The thriving cultural life of Seattle casts a long shadow over the music and art scene in Portland, Oregon.

RICHARD SPEER reports

The friendly sibling rivalry between Portland and Seattle is as evergreen as the trees that line the 175-mile corridor between them. We Portlanders fancy our city cozier and friendlier, with more bonhomie and less traffic than Seattle, while conceding that our more populous neighbor to the north offers a more dramatic skyline and a more robust cultural scene. Despite these inequalities, we exude a spunky civic pride, which can curdle in an instant into smug hipster hauteur. Yet beneath this pride lurks a nervous "second-city" complex that hides under rocks and spreads like moss in Seattle's shadow. Portland's opera company, Portland Opera, reflects this uneasy duality.

operaman wins world-wide Twitter #operaplot contest

For Opera's Tweet Gift, the Plot Quickens

Contest's WNO Prize Given to D.C. Educator

By Anne Midgette Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

 

"There was a young lady called Fricka Who . . . who . . . *snore* 'Wake up -- it's over.' It's good, I just wish it were quicka." That's the plot of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" in fewer than 140 characters, as posted on the micro-blogging Web site Twitter. ..."

 

 

Tweet prize for opera winner

by David Stabler, The Oregonian
Wednesday May 20, 2009, 9:24 AM

 

"Stephen Llewellyn is one nice guy. The Portland Opera blogger won the Twitter Opera Plot contest and received as his prize a ticket to "Turandot" at the Washington National Opera on June 4. ..."

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Portland opera twitterer wins contest

by David Stabler, The Oregonian
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 12:53 PM

"Stephen Llewellyn, who blogs for Portland Opera, is one of seven winners in the Twitter #operaplot contest, which you can read about here."

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Portland Opera pets in The Oregonian

Portland Opera pets in the Oregonian.

Dogs and cats are welcome at some Portland workplaces

by Jacques Von Lunen, Special to The Oregonian
Tuesday May 19, 2009, 4:52 AM

 

It all began with a hungry cat looking for a home 13 years ago.

The cat chanced upon a seamstress from the Portland Opera, found a home at the opera costume shop and made everybody realize that work's less stressful with a purring princess named Nerissa around.

Today, the Portland Opera allows pets in the workplace.

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Blogging Rigoletto

Portland Opera invited prominent local bloggers to attend the opening night of Rigoletto and live-blog about their experience before the show and during intermission.

Good Day Oregon / Julie Grauert

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Opera Singers on Bikes

Rigoletto performers on bikes

Rave reviews for Portland Opera’s bike program

We were pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago to receive an invitation to attend and blog about the opening night of Portland Opera’s latest production, Verdi’s Rigoletto, which opens this Friday, May 8th at 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium downtown. Sounds great, we said, but what does this have to do with bikes?

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"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series April Topic: Verdi's Rigoletto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES

APRIL TOPIC:

Verdi’s
RIGOLETTO
With Rob Ainsley and the
Portland Opera Studio Artists

 

 

Rigoletto is Verdi’s powerful tale of deceit, vengeance and a father’s unwitting betrayal of his own daughter. In court, the famous hunchback jester Rigoletto does the lecherous Duke of Mantua’s dirty work, helping seduce one innocent woman after another. At home however, he has a daughter he loves and protects. But life in the corrupt ducal court, an old man’s curse and Rigoletto’s act of defiance and revenge on the Duke bring this ironic tragedy to a heart-wrenching conclusion.

Please join Portland Opera Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Rob Ainsley and his talented band of Studio Artists for insights and musical highlights from Verdi’s masterpiece.

Rigoletto opens May 8 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances May 10m, 14 & 16.

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. April topic:

Verdi's RIGOLETTO.

FREE!

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series March Topic: Opera Master Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
MARCH TOPIC:

Opera Master Class

 

 

master class 
noun
a small class for advanced students, esp. a class in performance skills conducted by a

distinguished musician.

 

The public is welcome to bring lunch and enjoy an open-format opera Master Class presented by Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach. An opera singer in her own right (she gave an acclaimed performance as Mrs. Herring in last season’s Albert Herring), Ms. Hamilton will coach an opera chorister on her presentation and singing technique. While relaxing with lunch, the audience will gain unique insight into the skill and technique required for opera singing, and enjoy some live music along the way. Portland Opera’s Principal Accompanist Thomas Webb will play piano.

 

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. March topic:

Opera Master Class.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Studio Artists Busier Than Ever

BodyVox Foot Opera Files

Not only are the Portland Opera Studio Artists starring in the upcoming production of Cavalli's La Calisto in the Newmark Theatre from March 13th to March 21st, but they then turn quickly around to sing music from . . .
from Tom Waits with the next production of one of Portland's favorite dance groups, BodyVox! It's called Foot Opera Files.

BodyVox explores the raw space that will be its new home. Foot Opera Files is an all-new show featuring BodyVox's signature blend of bodies, theater, dance and humor. The ballads of Tom Waits sung live by the talented voices of the Portland Opera Studio Artists provide the theatrical narrative for an intertwined series of human vignettes. Discover the true definition of BodyVox as dance and voice unite to push the boundaries of movement and music.

The Foot Opera Files features choreography by BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland with Eric Skinner, Matt Hope, Lane Hunter and Daniel Kirk and a new film created with Mitchell Rose. For more information: www.bodyvox.com

Portland Opera Presents the Portland Opera Premiere of Cavalli’s LA CALISTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

the PORTLAND OPERA PREMIERE
of

Cavalli’s

LA CALISTO

ALL-NEW PRODUCTION!
March 13, 15m, 19, 21, 2009 . NEWMARK THEATRE

The popular Studio Artists production moves to the Newmark Theatre!

 

La CalistoIn a significant development for its popular annual Studio Artists production, Portland Opera moves the production to the Newmark Theatre with the Company premiere of Cavalli’s La Calisto. The move retains the all-important intimacy audiences have enjoyed in the Studio Theater at the Hampton Opera Center, and accommodates the growing demand for tickets for the annual Studio Artist’s work. The production debuts in the new venue March 13, 2009 with additional performances March 15m, 19 and 21.