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(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.
Postcard from Morocco will be a co-production with San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the oldest conservatory in the American West with an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. The collaboration comes at an opportune time and with benefits that include sharing the cost of the production while establishing a creative relationship with a major west coast conservatory.
"I love Argento's music, said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano, and Postcard from Morocco is one of his most lyric and delightful works. It is also one of the most frequently produced American operas in the repertory, and has been on my "short list" for years. When Kevin brought this opportunity to my attention, I was thrilled to learn that the San Francisco Conservatory of Music was interested in collaborating with us. We are always looking for creative partnerships with other organizations, and have already developed strong relationships with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Curtis Institute of Music, and several other opera companies. While we certainly hope to present A Midsummer Night's Dream in a future season, the opportunity to co-produce this American classic for the first time in Portland Opera's forty-nine year history was a special opportunity which we did not want to miss!"
Dominick Argento is a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy© Award winner and is considered to be one of the most distinguished composers in America today. Argento’s writing, primarily for voice, includes operas, song cycles and choral works. Of the premiere of Postcard from Morocco, The New York Times declared “in a day when operatic masterpieces aren’t coming into existence, it deserves attention.”
Originally composed in 1971, Postcard From Morocco is a whimsical look at life’s journey that has been called sweet, lyrical, funny and stimulatingly perplexing. The libretto is based on A Child’s Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson and the opera — with its loosely defined plot that calls to mind the plays of Samuel Becket and Luigi Pirandello—explores the imaginations and psyches of seven travellers waiting for a train.
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