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Eleanor Lieber Awards press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 22, 2008
CONTACT:  Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508, email
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PORTLAND OPERA HOLDS

ELEANOR LIEBER AWARDS


Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2:00pm
At the Hampton Opera Center


Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced that the Portland Opera will hold its biennial Eleanor Lieber Awards on Sunday, May 18, 2008.  The public is invited to an exciting afternoon where the stars of tomorrow’s opera world compete for prizes totaling $18,500.  After a preliminary competition on Saturday, the weekend culminates on Sunday with ten finalists vying for a first place prize of $10,000, a second place prize of $5,000 and a third place prize of $2,500.  A special $1,000 prize is awarded to the audience favorite.  In addition to these awards, all 10 finalists will be presented an honorarium.

Established in 1980 and named after Eleanor Lieber, these awards recognize her special appreciation for young singers.  Through her vision and generous patronage, an endowment fund was created to ensure continuing support for the development of young operatic artists into the future.

The 2008 Eleanor Lieber Awards are open to singers across the United States, who are in the early stages of a professional opera career.

 



WHAT:     Eleanor Lieber Awards 2008
WHEN:     Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2:00pm
WHERE:   The Hampton Opera Center
                211 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214

Would you Like an Aria With Those Fries? April press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 24, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S

“Would you like an aria with those fries?”

BROWN BAG SERIES CONTINUES
APRIL TOPIC
OPERA IMPROV
We’ll give the audience the nuts and bolts of an opera, and they will create one on the spot!

This month Portland Opera will offer the lunchtime audience the opportunity to create an opera…on the spot!  Comedy, tragedy, adventure?  The audience will decide.  The talented performers from Portland Opera To Go, the touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach department, will be on hand to take the cues and provide plenty of entertainment.  

OPERA IMPROV was conceived and directed by Kristine McIntyre for Portland Opera To Go.  After a successful three-month tour bringing OPERA IMPROV to 12,000 students across the state, Portland Opera To Go artists will be back in town on April 4, for a free public performance.
                                     
WHAT:     Portland Opera’s “Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?” lunchtime presentation.  April topic: Opera Improv.  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
WHEN:     Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, April 4, 2008.
WHERE:   Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

These ongoing lunch presentations are held at Multnomah County Central Library from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the First Friday of each month.
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Albert Herring press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 6, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS
THE COMPANY PREMIERE OF BRITTEN’S

Ms. Aylmer Returns as Rodelinda

After battling a bronchial infection that sidelined her for her opening night Company debut, Jennifer Aylmer took the stage Sunday in the title role to thundering applause. The opening night audience, however, was clearly thrilled with the performance of Portland Opera Studio soprano Sharin Apostolou who stepped up from her position as Ms. Aylmer's cover. Ms. Apostolou's performance was appreciated by local blogger and reviewer for Opera magazine in London, James Bash. You can enjoy his comments here. Ms. Aylmer will sing both the remaining Rodelinda performances on Thursday and Saturday.

The Latest Rodelinda Photos

With Rodelinda nearing its February 8 opening, the final details are being readied. Here is an inside peek at final rehearsals in order to share the look and feel of Handel’s exquisite masterpiece.