Portland Opera Studio Artists Spring Recital press release

CONTACT:  Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508, email
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Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm
at the Hampton Opera Center


The flowers are in bloom and the voices are soaring when the Portland Opera Studio Artists present the song cycles of Fernando Obradors, Ottorino Respighi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Modest Mussorgsky and Aaron Copland.

The third annual recital by the Portland Opera Studio Artists features a variety of song cycles – a group of songs with a unifying theme designed to be performed in sequence – in an exciting evening of vocal chamber music.  The talented young artists will demonstrate the power and beauty of the human voice, in an intimate evening of dramatic pieces. Joining them this year are members of the Portland Opera Orchestra.  

The recital features soprano SHARIN APOSTOLOU singing the passionate and lively collection Canciones clásicas españolas by Fernando Obradors. Mezzo-soprano HANNAH SHARENE PENN will be singing Il Tramonto by Ottorino Respighi, a deep and haunting song cycle sung in Italian and accompanied with a string quartet.  Tenor BRENDAN TUOHY will be singing On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a lyrical song cycle evoking the English countryside, also accompanied by a string quartet.  Baritone CHRISTOPHER CLAYTON will be singing Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky, featuring the songs “Lullaby,” “Serenade,” “Trepak” and “Commander-in-Chief.”  Sung in Russian, the cycle offers intense storytelling where Death converses in turn with the mother of a dying child, a young girl, an old peasant, and dying soldiers.  Bass JEFFREY BERUAN will be singing Old American Songs by Aaron Copland.  This cycle, featuring “The Boatmen’s Dance,” “Zion’s Walls,” “At the River” and “Ching-a-ring Chaw,” breaths a fresh spirit into traditional American folk songs in a simple and hymn-like way.  Robert Ainsley will narrate throughout the recital.  Translations will be provided.

In 2005, the Company established the Portland Opera Studio program, designed to train the next generation of opera singers by providing a “bridge” from the conservatory world to the professional stage.  Selected at auditions around the country, young singers fresh from some of the nation’s finest vocal conservatories join the company for a rigorous nine-month training program, during which they are featured in their own Production. Patrons also enjoy their work in supporting roles in Company mainstage productions.

The Portland Opera Studio Artists

Sharin Apostolou’s first season at Portland Opera includes Frasquita in Carmen, Clorinda in Cinderella, the title role in Rodelinda, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, and the Priestess in the upcoming Aida.  In addition, she made her Oregon Symphony debut as First Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and performed Miss Silverpeal in Der Schauspieldirektor for Portland Chamber Orchestra.  

Hannah Sharene Penn’s first season at Portland Opera includes the title role and Mercédès in Carmen, Tisbe in Cinderella and Nancy in Albert Herring.   

Brendan Tuohy’s first season at Portland Opera includes the title role in Albert Herring, Remendado in Carmen and Messenger in the upcoming Aida.  This season he was also a semi-finalist for the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in New York.     

In his second season as a Portland Opera Studio Artist, Christopher Clayton has sung the title role in The Return of Ulysses, Wagner in Faust, 2nd Priest in The Magic Flute, Dancairo in Carmen and Mr. Gedge in Albert Herring.  In addition, he performed the role of Mr. Bluff in Der Schauspieldirektor for Portland Chamber Orchestra.

In his second season as a Portland Opera Studio Artist Jefffrey G. Beruan’s roles have included Tempo/Neptune/Antinoo in The Return of Ulysses, 2nd Armored Man in The Magic Flute, Zuniga in Carmen, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and King of Egypt in Aida.  While in Portland, he also performed Sir Roderic Murgatroyd in Ruddigore for Mock’s Crest Productions.

WHAT:        The Portland Opera Studio Artists Spring Recital

WHEN:        Wednesday, May 14, 7:00pm

WHERE:      Portland Opera Studio Theater
                    The Hampton Opera Center
                    211 SE Caruthers St. (just south of OMSI)
                    Portland, OR 97214

TICKETS:    $20 for adults, $10 for students, youths under 18, seniors and military.
                    Tickets can be purchased in person at the Portland Opera Box office or by calling 503-241-1802.

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