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PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


A SNEAK PEEK INTO A RIGOROUS REHEARSAL PROCESS


THE FIRST CHANCE TO SEE NEWLY APPOINTED CHORUS MASTER
NICHOLAS FOX IN ACTION


Sunday, September 15, 3-5pm | Director Park
(Between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)


(Portland, OR) – Portland Opera invites the public to its fourth annual free Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park in downtown Portland on Sunday, September 15 at 3pm, an unfettered sneak peek at how the “exquisite” Portland Opera Chorus (Opera News) prepares for performance. “We aim to make opera available to everyone in Portland, and this is a great opportunity for us to share what we do with the city in a completely casual environment,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Hearing 55 operatic voices together is an almost indescribable, absolutely visceral experience, and what better venue than Director Park for our fellow Portlanders to watch and hear these talented singers up close as they rehearse works by some of the greatest opera composers? It strikes me as an ideal way for anyone who has always been curious about opera to get a taste for this astonishing music.”

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH THE 'BIG NIGHT CONCERT'

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH
 

 

A CONCERT TO BENEFIT PORTLAND OPERA’S
EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS


“A LAVISH PROGRAM OF OPERATIC GREATEST HITS” INCLUDING “NESSUN DORMA,” “VISSI D’ARTE,” AND “HABANERA” FROM CARMEN

 

MARKING SEVERAL IMPORTANT PORTLAND OPERA DEBUTS

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 PM | Keller Auditorium

 

(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera's 49th Season kicks off with the annual Big Night Concert on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Keller Auditorium, 7:30pm.

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.

 


 

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

PRAISED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR GEORGE MANAHAN FOR HIS “MAGISTERIAL PREPARATION OF THE CHORUS”

 

(Portland, Ore.) – After an extensive national search, Portland Opera is pleased to announce Nicholas Fox will join Portland Opera’s artistic staff as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master starting with the 2013/14 Season. “Mr. Fox comes to Portland Opera with a wealth of experience from internationally renowned classical music organizations such as New York City Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Deutsche Oper Berlin,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “I’m confident his musical knowledge and expertise as a pianist and conductor will be an asset to our chorus, orchestra, and resident artist program. We are thrilled to have him onboard!”


Mr. Fox was engaged by Portland Opera this past May to serve as guest Chorus Master for Falstaff, receiving accolades from Portland Opera patrons and staff, as well as glorious critical acclaim. Oregon Music News made special mention of the “outstanding chorus, prepared expertly by Nicholas Fox,” in a production The Oregonian noted as “the strongest show the company has presented in years.”


“I was impressed by Nicholas Fox’s magisterial preparation of the chorus,” said Portland Opera’s Music Director George Manahan. “His ability to elicit the very best from singers and instrumentalists is truly extraordinary, and he will be a terrific addition to the Portland Opera family.”

Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

 

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano today announced that Dominick Argento’s 1971 opera, Postcard from Morocco will replace Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the 2013/14 Season.  Portland Opera is thrilled to be collaborating with the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music to produce Postcard from Morocco in an all-new production featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists and performed in the Newmark Theatre.


The partnership with San Francisco Conservatory of Music comes on the heels of the very successful alliance with the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for the Company’s recent production of Rinaldo.  Kevin Newbury, know for his direction of two very popular Portland Opera productions — last season’s Galileo Galilei and Nixon in China in 2006 — will direct both here in Portland and in San Francisco.  Newbury was originally slated to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Portland designers Curt Enderle (sets) and Sue Bonde (costumes) will design the show.  Their work was last seen at Portland Opera in 2012 when they created a magical and very memorable Galileo Galilei.

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS FALSTAFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

GIUSEPPE VERDI'S

FALSTAFF

May 10, 12m, 16, 18, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera opens Verdi’s comedic masterpiece, Falstaff, on May 10 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances on May 12, 16 and 18.  Christopher Mattaliano’s rollicking productioncloses a season called “Larger Than Life” with opera’s largest and most full of life character — Falstaff — who famously declared that “he who laughs last, laughs best.”  Together, Verdi’s legendary sense of theater and Falstaff’s legendary lust for life guarantee an evening full of merriment and one perfect for both the seasoned and new operagoer.


Verdi wrote only two comedies and he wrote Falstaff when he was nearly 80 years old.  The third of Verdi’s operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, it is an extremely spirited, sensual and youthful work.  The music possesses immense charm and sparkle with wonderful individual arias throughout the opera.  An impeccable, virtuosic ensemble opera, Falstaff teems with tricks, twists and trysts, culminating in an evening where the music, action and comic momentum never stop.  Last performed in 1991, Falstaff makes a welcome return to Portland Opera.

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.”