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Portland Opera Presents: Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 11, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS
 


 

May 11-19 | Keller Auditorium

 

A humorous and touching romp from the composer of WEST SIDE STORY.

 

Portland Opera brings its 47th season — When Our World Changes — to a close with Leonard Bernstein’s glorious Candide.  Fast-paced and loaded with political and social satire (no one is safe!), it’s perfect for the current political season.  Rich with familiar tunes like the popular Candide overture and “Glitter and be Gay,” its 40 scenes move country to country faster than surfing the web. 

 

Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano’s original production is a feast for the eyes and a whirlwind escapade of an evening using innovative projections to whisk the audience around the world.  Candide opens May 11 with additional performances on May 13m, 17 and 19. 

 

Candide is a labor of love for me” says Stage Director Christopher Mattaliano. “This is my own adaptation of Bernstein’s wonderful, sprawling, delightful work.”  Mattaliano met Leonard Bernstein at the Spoleto Festival in Italy in 1985 and said, “ it was a highlight of my career and something I will never forget.”  “Bernstein is perhaps the greatest American conductor in addition to being a brilliant composer,” he continued,  “and I’m thrilled to be visiting this work again.”

 

Portland Opera's production of GALILEO GALILEI to be commercially recorded.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA’S UPCOMING PRODUCTION OF

GALILEO GALILEI

TO BE COMMERCIALLY RECORDED

 

Orange Mountain Music to make the first-ever commercial recording of

Philip Glass’ 2002 opera, Galileo Galilei

 

Portland, Ore. –  Portland Opera has announced plans to record their upcoming production of the west coast premiere of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei.  The second commercial recording for Portland Opera—and its first 21st century opera—it follows the Company’s historic recording of Philip Glass’ Orphée in 2009; a recording voted “Ten Best of the Year” by Opera News.

 

Portland Opera now turns from the full-scale drama of Orphée to the intimacy of Galileo Galilei—a chamber opera for nine singers and 15 instrumentalists. Composed in 2002, it is Glass’ 18th opera with a libretto by the noted American writer and director Mary Zimmerman. Based on the life of the Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), it’s presented in one act consisting of 10 scenes without a break.

 

Orphée was a wonderful experience and a highlight in Portland Opera’s 47-year history,” said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Having Philip Glass here energized both the Company and the community.” 

 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTIST RECITAL: Mezzo Soprano Caitlin Mathes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508, jsheridan@portlandopera.org



PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

Mezzo Soprano

CAITLIN MATHES

Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

Enjoy a superb evening of cabaret and art song when the spotlight shines on mezzo soprano CAITLIN MATHES, accompanied by THOMAS WEBB. This recital is the final in the 2011-12 Portland Opera Studio Artist Recital series that Oregon Arts Watch called, “cause for optimism about classical music’s future,” and Ms. Mathes offers a fascinating, beautiful and thought provoking program.

 

Ms. Mathes’ recital focuses on pieces banned in Germany during the 1930’s and 40s, called Entartet Musik or “Degenerate Music,” deemed unfit for public consumption on the grounds that it was un-German; influenced by jazz or modernism, or written by Jewish or Marxist composers who dared to oppose the Nazi regime. This program, featuring works from MENDELSSOHN, MAHLER, WEILL and many others, celebrates the breadth and beauty of this work and reminds us of the sad stories of these persecuted artists.

 

Ms. Mathes has been praised by critics for her “natural acting ability” and “vocal agility” and was recently awarded first place in the 2011 Lotte Lenya Competition. This season, she has appeared with Portland Opera in the Big Night Concert and as Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Upcoming roles include Maria Maddalena / A Scribe in Galileo Galilei and Paquette in Candide.
 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL: Bass Baritone Nicholas Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

Bass Baritone

NICHOLAS NELSON

Tuesday, February 28, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

Enjoy an evening of exceptional chamber music when the spotlight shines on bass baritone NICHOLAS NELSON in his second Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital.  This is the perfect opportunity to experience an intimate performance of the rising young artist called “outstanding” by Oregon Music News.

 

Mr. Nelson’s recital program is a true reflection of his multi-faceted talents and command of diverse repertoire. He will open the recital with four Renaissance lute songs by John Dowland, accompanying himself on the guitar. Then Portland Opera Associate Music Director ROBERT AINSLEY will join him for works by Franz Schubert, Hanns Eisler and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

 


 

Nicholas Nelson’s Recital Program

 

John Dowland (1563-1626):

Flow, my tears

Come again

Clear or Cloudy 

Lady, if you so spite me

 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):

Il Traditor Deluso

Der Schiffer

Auf der Donau

Portland Opera Presents: Philip Glass' GALILEO GALILEI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 1, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS THE ANNUAL

PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTIST PRODUCTION

 

THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

                               

March 30, April 1m, 3, 5, 7 2012 |  Newmark Theatre
 

Philip Glass’ 18th opera, Galileo Galilei, tells the story of the great Italian physicist’s struggle with the Catholic Church and his own faith. Opening at the end of Galileo’s life, as he faces trial for heresy and closing with Galileo as a young boy, watching an opera composed by his father, the chamber opera explores the delicate relationships between science, religion and art.

 

The opera was commissioned by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and premiered on June 24, 2002, with a libretto by Mary Zimmerman with Philip Glass and Arnold Weinstein. This production will feature the PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS with all-new sets and costumes by Portland Opera. This is Portland Opera’s first twenty-first century opera, and will be performed in the intimate Newmark Theatre. A new Portland Opera production.

 



TICKET INFORMATION

PORTLAND OPERA  |  GALILEO GALILEI

Fri. 3/30, Tues. 4/3 Thurs. 4/5, Sat. 4/7 at 7:30 PM  |  Sun. 4/1 at 2:00 PM