Portland Opera's Big Night concert will be simulcast live—and free to the public—on a huge, 20 x 40 ft screen hung on the front of Keller Auditorium. Bring a blanket to Keller Fountain Park and enjoy the concert for free!
The street fair begins at 5:00 PM and boasts performances by The Twangshifters, Electric Opera Company and Opera Theater Oregon. There will be food carts, a wine and beer garden, and a couple of surprises. In addition, after the concert and simulcast, the Marx Brothers comedy, “A Night at the Opera,” will be shown. So pack up the picnic bag and make a night of it!
Street Fair begins in the Keller Fountain Plaza
Notte Grande Gala Reception (special ticket required) inside Keller Auditorium
Big Night Concert & Simulcast Begins (view the concert program here)
Notte Grande Post Concert Gala (special ticket required) inside Keller Auditorium
Marx Brothers film “A Night at the Opera” is shown outside
This free Simulcast of the Big Night Concert has been made possible through a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, and Metro.
Portland Opera's Big Night concert is a benefit for the opera's education and outreach projects.
Your ticket helps keep music in the lives of our children and grandchildren!
Portland Opera's Education and Outreach Programs:
Each Season, Portland Opera shares the beauty and breadth of Opera and Broadway performances with nearly 400,000 people in our region. In addition, more than 50,000 people are served with a variety of education and outreach programs provided free or at greatly reduced cost. These dynamic programs include:
• Portland Opera to Go: A statewide tour reaching more than 20,000 students throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington with a 50-minute, English language version of a classic opera created especially for young audiences. Multi-curricular study-guides, annotated with Oregon Department of Education learning benchmarks provide teachers with opportunities to include the arts as part of their daily classroom regimen.
• Student Dress Rehearsals: Providing the perfect opportunity for more than 6,000 students to see a full-scale professional opera at all of our mainstage productions. In depth study guides are provided free of charge, as are in-school lectures and seminars.
• Student Rush Tickets: Portland Opera opens up the world of professional opera to more than 1,000 students, seniors, and members of the military by offering any available tickets for a cost of $10 to $20 one hour prior to every mainstage and chamber opera performance.
• Family Friendly Public Performances: In a new partnership with McMenamins Hotels and Brewpubs, Portland Opera brings hundreds of families free access to opera performances and recital concerts at most McMenamins locations, as well as regional cultural centers, throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington. Public benefit concerts in support of local arts programs are coordinated in some of the most rural areas of our state.
• Music For All: Providing a $5 ticket to all Portland Opera performances to people on the Oregon Trail Card food assistance program.
• In-Class Workshops: Bringing hundreds of free in-school sessions with artists, enriching curriculum through a variety of collaborative programs.
• Public Lecture Series: Provided free to the public at the Multnomah County and Salem Public Libraries prior to every mainstage performance.
• Portland Opera Studio Artist Program: Giving four gifted young singers the opportunity to make the leap from their conservatory education to a career in professional opera. These rising stars perform in mainstage roles, their own chamber opera, hundreds of free public concerts, and a vocal recital reaching tens of thousands of people annually.
Portland Opera's Big Night concert will feature music by some of the world's most beloved composers, such as Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Mascagni, Dvorák and much more!
Previously at Portland Opera: Violetta Valery, La Traviata, 2008
Of Maria Kanyova’s summer 2005 performances as Madama Butterfly, the Denver Post raved, “Making her striking Central City debut in the demanding title role, soprano Maria Kanyova hardly could be more convincing with her appropriately youthful appearance and ability to convey the young wife’s innocence, vulnerability and pain. More important, she possesses a pure, forceful voice with a pleasing, soft edge – and she knows how to use it.” The American soprano has received equal praise for her portrayals of the leading heroines in Italian, French, German, Russian and Czech opera with companies throughout the United States.
To read the rest of Maria Kanyova's biography, visit her website.
Previously at Portland Opera: Soloist in the Big Night Concert
Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell has been acclaimed as a performer “with the right kind of heroic mettle to his voice” (Opera Now). Mr. Honeywell’s exciting 2010/11 season begins with two world premieres; first is the world premiere of Lillian Alling in the role of Jimmy by John Estacio and John Murrell, followed by the world premiere of The Inventor by Bramwell Tovey and John Murell in the role of Smoot. Additional operatic appearances include Narraboth in Salome with the Opéra de Montréal and The Officer, as well as the cover of Bacchus, in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Canadian Opera Company. He can also be heard with the Vancouver Symphony in performances of Verdi’s Requiem.
To read the rest of Roger Honeywell's biography, visit his website.
Former Portland Opera Studio Artist Previously at Portland Opera: El Remendado, Carmen (2007), Title role, Albert Herring (2008), Messenger, Aida (2008), Gastone, La Traviata (2008), First Prisoner, Fidelio (2008), The Prologue, The Turn of the Screw (2009), Pane/La Natura, La Calisto (2009), Matteo Borsa, Rigoletto (2009), Pong, Turandot (2011).
Tenor Brendan Tuohy is currently in his second year as a Houston Grand Opera Studio Artist. Recently he sang Goro in the company’s new production of Madama Butterfly. Last season Mr. Tuohy sang First Noble in Lohengrin and Tchaplitsky in The Queen of Spades with HGO. Also last season Mr. Tuohy sang Martin in the Tender Land with Vashon Opera, the Tenor Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Oregon Symphony, the Tenor Soloist in Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Tenor Soloist in Dvořak’s Requiem with the Grant Park Music Festival.
Before his time in Houston, Tuohy was a Studio Artist with Portland Opera. During the 2007/08 season, Tuohy performed the role of El Remendado in Carmen, the title role in Albert Herring, and Messenger in Aida. Mr. Tuohy also performed On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams in the Studio Artists’ Spring Recital. He spent the summer in Cincinnati where he sang Gastone in La Traviata with Cincinnati Opera. During the 2008/09 season, his second season as a member of the Portland Opera Studio, Tuohy sang Gastone in La Traviata, First Prisoner in Fidelio, The Prologue in The Turn of the Screw, Pane/La Natura in La Calisto, Matteo Borsa in Rigoletto, and was featured in recital. Other engagements included singing the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for Oregon Symphony.
Tuohy graduated with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. While at the University of Cincinnati, his numerous roles included the title role in Albert Herring, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Pylade in Iphigenie en Tauride, and The Doctor in The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe.
Upcoming engagements for Mr. Tuohy include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Don Curzio in La nozze di Figaro all with HGO. He will also be featured in recital with HGO singing Schumann’s op 39 Liederkreis and will return to the Grant Park Music Festival this summer to sing the Tenor Soloist in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang.
The Barber of Seville, 2010 Così fan tutte, 2010 Rigoletto, 2009 Rodelinda, 2008 Macbeth, 2006
In his second season as Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra, the wide-ranging and versatile George Manahan has had an esteemed career embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. In addition to his work with ACO this season, Mr. Manahan continues his commitment to working with young musicians as Director of Orchestral Studies at the Manhattan School of Music as well as guest conductor at the Curtis Institute of Music ...
To read the rest of George Manahan's biography, visit his website.
Christopher Mattaliano’s recent revival of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther at New York City Opera received high praise from The New York Times’ critic Anthony Tommasini.
Christopher Mattaliano was named Portland Opera’s fifth General Director in July 2003. In this capacity, he is responsible for all artistic, financial, and administrative aspects of the company.
Previous to this appointment, Mr. Mattaliano was the Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, in addition to his very successful career as a stage director.
He brings to the company an intense artistic vision honed from his extensive stage directing experience. Prior to taking the helm at Portland Opera, Mr. Mattaliano achieved considerable regional success, directing five acclaimed Portland Opera productions—Manon (1991), Eugene Onegin (1992), Pagliacci/Carmina Burana (1997 and 2000), Candide (2002), and Il Trovatore (2002). In 2004, his direction of Rossini's The Journey to Reims opened his first artistic season in Portland to both popular and critical acclaim. Since then he has directed The Rape of Lucretia (2005), Verdi's Macbeth (2006), The Magic Flute (2007), Cinderella (2007), Albert Herring (2008), Rigoletto (2009), The Barber of Seville (2010), Pagliacci/Carmina Burana (2010), and L’Heure Espagnole/L’Enfant et les Sortileges (2011).
Mr. Mattaliano has directed North American productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, L’Opera de Montreal, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Central City Opera, among many others. His work has also been enjoyed internationally at L’Opera de Nice and the Norwegian National Opera.
He has directed world premieres of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther for the New York City Opera, jazz composer Fred Ho’s Journey Beyond the West for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Westergaard’s The Tempest for the Opera Festival of New Jersey, and the American premiere of Fleischman’s Rothschild’s Violin at the Juilliard Opera Center.
His passion for stage direction has extended well beyond the stages of those many companies. He has taught at the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Mannes College of Music, and the New National Theater of Japan. In 1996 his essay on auditioning (“The Dreaded Audition”) was published by OPERA America.
Mr. Mattaliano received his BA in Theater Arts from Montclair State University with additional training at the Trent Park School of Performing Arts in London, England. In 1998 he received the L. Howard Fox Visiting Alumni Award from his alma mater as well as a National Opera Institute Stage Direction Grant.
Since joining the company, his presence is in considerable demand on the national level, leading the keynote panel at the 2004 OPERA America conference in Pittsburgh and being named to the National Endowment for the Arts’ opera review panel. He was recently elected to serve on OPERA America’s Board of Directors.