March 23, 2017

Press Release: Portland Opera Brings Back Popular Highlights Concert

Back from a three-year hiatus, Portland Opera’s celebratory Big Night concert will take place on April 8 in the Keller Auditorium. The popular highlights concert­—returning for the fourth time—features the rare treat of seeing soloists, orchestra, and chorus all perform on stage together as they showcase some of the biggest and best opera arias, duets, and choral pieces, in addition to timeless musical classics.

“We are thrilled to be bringing back this hugely popular event as we celebrate the first performance of the season at the Keller Auditorium,” says General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “It is an evening that promises to delight the audience with great music, sung by great voices.”

Portland Opera’s Music Director George Manahan and the orchestra will be on the stage, along with its celebrated opera chorus. They’ll be joined by international guest stars performing selections from the most popular operas of Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, and Wagner, in addition to classic Broadway tunes from shows including West Side Story and Into the Woods.

Tenor Giordano Lucà from Italy will make his US debut, and soprano Vanessa Isiguen, and baritone Will Liverman will make their Portland Opera debut. These three principal artists will perform lead roles in the Portland Opera’s upcoming production of La Bohème. The principal soloists are joined by the Portland Opera’s 2017 Resident Artists—Kate Farrar, Aaron Short, Antonia Tamer, and Ryan Thorn.

The performance is approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length, with no intermission.

Principal Artists

Vanessa Isiguen
Giordano Lucà
Will Liverman

Portland Opera Resident Artists
Antonia Tamer
Aaron Short
Kate Farrar
Ryan Thorn

Guest Artists
Hannah Penn
Deac Guidi
Joseph M. Muir

Host                       Christopher Mattaliano
Conductor               George Manahan
Chorus Master         Nicholas Fox
Lighting Designer     Daniel Meeker


Big Night is presented by Umpqua Bank 
The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
The Collins Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Work for Art
Oregon Arts Commission

PRICE: Starting at $28 per regular ticket
PHONE: 503-241-1802, Toll-free 866-739-6737, M-F, 9-5, Ticketmaster, (800) 982-ARTS (days, evenings, and weekends)
IN-PERSON: Portland Opera, 211 SE Caruthers St. (south of OMSI, east of Water.) M-F, 9-5, All Ticketmaster Outlets


Media Contact:
Mary Agnew