Portland Opera's BIG NIGHT 2013

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Portland Opera's 49th Season kicks off with our annual Big Night Concert

and Notte Grande Gala!


Music Director George Manahan, the renowned Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra, internationally acclaimed guest opera stars, and our celebrated Resident Artists will come together again on the Keller Auditorium stage in support of our education and outreach efforts, bringing opera to students throughout the state of Oregon. If you think you've heard opera's greatest hits, we're just getting started!


Please Note: This year, we will not be offering the pre-concert Street Fair or Live Simulcast as part of our season-opening celebrations.  The box office at Keller Auditorium will open early on Saturday, starting at noon, for those interested in purchasing limited advance rush tickets for the Big Night Concert.
 


Make it an evening to remember by adding the Notte Grande Gala:

  • Your Notte Grande Gala begins with a fabulous pre-concert cocktail party featuring signature cocktails and a grand feast.
  • Following the concert you get to party the night away with the stars of the evening.
  • $200 per person (includes $100 tax-deductible contribution to the education and outreach programs of Portland Opera).
  • As a benefit for reserving your Notte Grande Gala spot you will receive priority seating for the Big Night Concert.
     

Make it an evening to remember by adding the Notte Grande Gala to your subscription!  For more information about the Notte Grande Gala call 503-417-0572 or send us an email.



 

Featured Artists 
SopranoKelly Cae Hogan
Mezzo SopranoHannah Penn
TenorRic Furman
BaritoneAnton Belov
The Portland Opera Resident Artists
The Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus
  
ConductorGeorge Manahan
HostChristopher Mattaliano

 

 

As this is a concert, there is no plot available.

The Big Night Concert and Notte Grande Gala is a benefit for Portland Opera's education and outreach programs. 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.


• Arts For All: Providing a $5 ticket to 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 prior to every mainstage performance.


• Portland Opera Resident 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!

 

 

Christopher Mattaliano

Host

Previously at Portland Opera: Stage Director, Falstaff (2013); Candide (2012); L’enfant et les sortilèges (2011);  Pagliacci / Carmina Burana, Il barbiere di Siviglia (2010); Rigoletto (2009); Albert Herring (2008); La Cenerentola...

 

Christopher Mattaliano

Host

Previously at Portland Opera: Stage Director, Falstaff (2013); Candide (2012); L’enfant et les sortilèges (2011);  Pagliacci / Carmina Burana, Il barbiere di Siviglia (2010); Rigoletto (2009); Albert Herring (2008); La Cenerentola; Die Zauberflöte (2007); Macbeth (2006); The Rape of Lucretia (2005); Il viaggio a reims (2004); Il trovatore (2002); Candide (2002); Pagliacci / Carmina Burana (2004, 1997); Eugene Onegin (1992); Manon (1991).


This season Portland Opera celebrates Christopher Mattaliano’s ten years as General Director. Mr. Mattaliano is responsible for all artistic, financial, and administrative aspects of the Company. Mr. Mattaliano has directed a total of eighteen productions critically acclaimed operas at Portland Opera, including five productions as a guest artist before being appointed General Director in 1993. Since joining the Company, Mr. Mattaliano has sat on the National Endowment for the Arts’ opera review panel, served on Opera America's Board of Directors from 2005−2011, and was invited to lead the keynote panel at the 2004 OPERA America conference.


Previously to joining the Opera Mr. Mattaliano was the Artistic Director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival and worked internationally as a freelance stage director, creating 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, and Peter Westergaard’s The Tempest for the Opera Festival of New Jersey, among many other productions.


Mr. Mattaliano has also taught at the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, Princeton University, Mannes College of Music, and the New National Theater of Japan.  His essay on auditioning (“The Dreaded Audition”) was published by Opera America.


Mr. Mattaliano received his B.A. 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 and a National Opera Institute Stage Direction Grant.

 

 

 

Kelly Cae Hogan

Soprano

Portland Opera Debut 


Called “a revelation” by The Washington Post,Kelly Cae Hogan is making her mark internationally as a dramatic soprano...

 

Kelly Cae Hogan

Soprano

Portland Opera Debut 

 

Called “a revelation” by The Washington Post,Kelly Cae Hogan is making her mark internationally as a dramatic soprano. After singing the role of Gerhilde at the Metropolitan Opera in Die Walküre under the batons of Maestros James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, and Donald Runnicles, Ms. Hogan is now taking on the title role of Brünnhilde, singing it first with Virginia Opera and subsequently with Opera North in a live BBC Radio broadcast. Additional roles last season include Lenore in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Staatstheater Kassel in Germany, Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire at Virginia Opera, and the title role in Norma at the Theater Bonn in Germany. Past roles have included Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco,title roles in Puccini’s Turandot and Tosca, the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier,and Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. She was praised by the German newspaper Kreiszeitungfor her ability to portray Strauss’s Salome with “almost unearthly beautiful sounds,”and has performed the role with the Polish National Opera, Florentine Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas, and on tour in Japan. She will return to Portland in November to sing the title role in Salome in a new production directed by Stephen Lawless, and in the spring of 2014, she will return to Opera North to sing her first Lady Macbeth in the renowned Verdi work.

 

 

 

Ric Furman

Tenor

Portland Opera Debut 


Hailed as a “beautiful tenor” by Opera News, Ric Furman made an unscheduled Seattle Opera debut last season when he was called at the last minute to perform Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, a role he had been covering...

 

Ric Furman

Tenor

Portland Opera Debut 


Hailed as a “beautiful tenor” by Opera News, Ric Furman made an unscheduled Seattle Opera debut last season when he was called at the last minute to perform Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, a role he had been covering. The Sun Break praised his “big voice of beautiful timbre” and Seen and Heard International found his performance “thoroughly compelling in his evocation first of utter despair and eventually of exultant joy.” Already an established performer of the lyric roles, Mr. Furman is now making waves in the Heldentenor repertoire. When he sang excerpts from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Music Cincinnati said that he “looks, acts, and sounds like a Siegfried of the future,” and that he “sang Wagner’s hero with heft and beauty.”  Other concert performances include Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall and excerpts from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Dayton Philharmonic. He is also a frequent performer of Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Furman will return to Portland Opera in November to sing Narraboth in Salome.

 

 

 

Hannah Penn

Mezzo Soprano

Former Portland Opera Resident Artist
Previously at Portland Opera:
Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo (2013); The Child in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (2011); Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Diana/Giove in Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto (2009)...

 

 

 

Hannah Penn

Mezzo Soprano

Former Portland Opera Resident Artist
Previously at Portland Opera:
Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo (2013); The Child in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges (2011); Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Diana/Giove in Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto (2009); Flora in Verdi’s La traviata, Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring (2008); Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen (2007).


Local mezzo soprano Hannah Penn enjoys a diverse career performing opera, oratorio, and recital literature. She has been called “a major talent” by Willamette Week and praised for the “intriguing colors at both ends of her range” by The Oregonian. A former Portland Opera Resident Artist, Ms. Penn has performed a number of roles with the Company, including her first Carmen, which she performed with less than 24 hours notice, receiving great critical acclaim and resulting in a chance to reprise the role with the Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador. Ms. Penn has performed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Glimmerglass Opera, Theresa in La sonnambula at Florida Grand Opera, American premiere tours of John Adams’s El Niño and Sven-David Sandström’s High Mass, and the premiere of David Carlson’s Anna Karenina at Florida Grand Opera. She is also an active recitalist and enjoys a full concert schedule, performing with the Oregon Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. This October she will perform the music of Tom Waits and other torch songs in the Body Opera Files at BodyVox. In 2014 Ms. Penn is scheduled to perform with both Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra.


Learn more about Hannah Penn at hannahpenn.com.

 

 

 

Anton Belov

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Jailer, Tosca (2013)


Called an “emerging star” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, baritone Anton Belov has been praised for his “rich and mellifluous voice” by The New York Times...

 

Anton Belov

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Jailer, Tosca (2013)

 

Called an “emerging star” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, baritone Anton Belov has been praised for his “rich and mellifluous voice” by The New York Times. A native of Russia and a graduate of the Julliard Opera Center, he has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States, including Boston Lyric Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Commonwealth Opera, among many others. Roles include Germont in Verdi’s La traviata, the Count di Luna in Il trovatore, the title role in Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Eugene Onegin. Mr. Belov has performed Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony at Carnegie Hall and with the Oregon Symphony in Portland and Seattle. Equally at home as a recitalist, Mr. Belov has presented recitals at the New York Festival of Song at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He is the winner of the George London Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Mr. Belov is an Assistant Professor of Music at Linfield College.  This season, he will sing the Nazarene in Portland Opera’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème with the Huntsville Symphony.


Learn more about Anton Belov at www.antonbelov.com.

 

 

 

Nicole Haslett

Soprano

Portland Opera Resident Artist
Portland Opera Debut 


Hailed by Opera News as “one of the most enchanting lyric sopranos I have heard in a while,” Nicole Haslett is making her debut as a Portland Opera’s resident soprano...

 

Nicole Haslett

Soprano

Portland Opera Resident Artist
Portland Opera Debut 

 

Hailed by Opera News as “one of the most enchanting lyric sopranos I have heard in a while,” Nicole Haslett is making her debut as a Portland Opera’s resident soprano. She spent this past summer as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Ms. Haslett graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a master’s in vocal performance in May 2012 and went on to spend six weeks in Beijing studying Mandarin opera with Chinese bass Hao Jiang Tian as part of the I SING BEIJING program. She was recently featured as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff in New York City, presented by The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance® program. Other roles include Florestine in John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Eva in Haydn’s oratorio Die Schöpfung. This season, Ms. Haslett will sing Lady with a Hand Mirror in the Portland Opera production of Dominick Argento’s Postcard From Morocco and will take on the role of Edith in the Company’s Pirates of Penzance. She will also cover the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. Ms. Haslett will kick off Portland Opera’s Resident Artist Recital Series on October 1, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.


Learn more about Nicole Haslett at nicolehaslett.com.

 

 

 

Melissa Fajardo

Mezzo Soprano

Portland Opera Resident Artist 
Portland Opera Debut


Making her debut as Portland Opera’s resident mezzo soprano is Melissa Fajardo. This summer, Ms. Fajardo was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she covered the role of Kathy Hagen in Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s new opera Champion...

 

Melissa Fajardo

Mezzo Soprano

Portland Opera Resident Artist
Portland Opera Debut


Making her debut as Portland Opera’s resident mezzo soprano is Melissa Fajardo. This summer, Ms. Fajardo was a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, where she covered the role of Kathy Hagen in Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer’s new opera Champion, and in August she performed her first musical theater role, Bloody Mary, in Opera North’s South Pacific. Ms. Fajardo received her master’s degree in May 2013 from the Eastman School of Music. She made her Princeton Symphony Orchestra debut performing the Mother in Stravinsky’s Marva and returned for the world premiere of Edward Cone’s The Duchess of Malfi. Additional roles include Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Westminster Choir College, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mère Jeanne in Dialogues de Carmélites and Kate from The Pirates of Penzance at the Brevard Music Center. As a Resident Artist at Portland Opera, she will sing the Page in Salome, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lady with a Hat Box in Postcard from Morocco, and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Fajardo will present a solo recital on February 4, 2014 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium as part of the Portland Opera Resident Artist series.


Learn more about Melissa Fajardo at www.melissafajardo.com.

 

 

 

Ian José Ramirez

Tenor

Portland Opera Resident Artist
Portland Opera Debut


Portland Opera’s new resident tenor, Ian José Ramirez, spent the summer in Marlboro, Vermont studying and performing vocal chamber music with Sir Thomas Allen at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival...

 

Ian José Ramirez

Tenor

Portland Opera Resident Artist 
Portland Opera Debut


Portland Opera’s new resident tenor, Ian José Ramirez, spent the summer in Marlboro, Vermont studying and performing vocal chamber music with Sir Thomas Allen at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival. A self-professed lover of 20th and 21st century music, Mr. Ramirez has performed works by Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Jake Heggie, and John Musto, along with more traditional operatic and concert repertoire. Mr. Ramirez has performed with Dayton Opera, covering Basilio and singing Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, as the Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel withIndianapolis Opera, and as a Studio Artist with Opera Saratoga and Central City Opera. Concert work includes Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at St. Peter and Chains Cathedral, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass, andRossini’s Petite messe solennelle. He received both his bachelor’s in music, summa cum laude, and his master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. This season at Portland Opera Mr. Ramirez will sing the Second Jew in Strauss’s Salome, Arturo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Man with Old Luggage in Dominick Argento’s Postcard From Morocco and will be covering the role of Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. His Resident Artist Recital is scheduled for April 8, 2014 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.


Learn more about Ian José Ramirez at www.ianjoseramirez.com.

 

 

 

Alexander Elliott

Baritone

Portland Opera Resident Artist 
Portland Opera Debut


Making his debut as Portland Opera’s resident baritone, Alexander Elliott spent the summer performing the role of Frank in Ned Rorem’s Our Town and covering the role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia as an apprentice artist with Central City Opera...

 

Alexander Elliott

Baritone

Portland Opera Resident Artist 
Portland Opera Debut


Making his debut as Portland Opera’s resident baritone, Alexander Elliott spent the summer performing the role of Frank in Ned Rorem’s Our Town and covering the role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia as an apprentice artist with Central City Opera. Mr. Elliott has also appeared as an apprentice with Des Moines Opera, covering the title role and singing the Captain in Eugene Onegin andperforming as Périchaud in La rondine. Last season, as a Studio Artist with Tulsa Opera, Mr. Elliott performed the Corporal in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment,  and the Postman in Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella.  As a concert soloist, he has performed Handel’s Messiah with the Pensacola Symphony, Florence Symphony, and Tallahassee Symphony and Ralph Vaughn Williams’s Five Mystical Songs with the Albany Chorale.  Mr. Elliott holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and a bachelor’s in music from Florida State University. As a Resident Artist with Portland Opera, Alexander will sing Man with a Shoe Sample Kit in Argento’s Postcard From Morocco and Samuel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. He will also cover the role of Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Elliott’s Resident Artist Recital is slated for November 5, 2013 at Portland Art Museum.

 

Watch this video to learn more about Portland Opera To Go, one of the many wonderful programs supported by the proceeds from the Big Night Concert and Notte Grande Gala.

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Schedule

Sep 21, 2013
Saturday 7:30 pm

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