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An Evening with the Stars of La Bohème

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

AN EVENING WITH THE STARS OF LA BOHÈME
A Concert of Popular Opera Arias & Ensembles

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 | 7:00pm | Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Ave.


Portland, Ore.— Portland Opera is pleased to announce AN EVENING WITH THE STARS OF LA BOHÈME, a concert of popular opera arias and ensembles performed by the stars of Portland Opera’s season opener, Puccini’s La Bohème. The event marks the first time Portland Opera audiences will have the chance to hear visiting artists on a second stage, performing a variety of opera favorites, in such an intimate concert setting. “Over the years, many of our patrons have lamented that we get only one chance to enjoy the talented singers of our productions—at the 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium. We’re delighted now to be able to share the immense talents of the La Bohème cast with the public—in a much more intimate setting—before they actually appear at the Keller,” said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “It will be a great evening of truly wonderful music.”

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag September Topic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

 

PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES

SEPTEMBER TOPIC:

Puccini’s

LA BOHÈME
With Rob Ainsley and the
Portland Opera Studio Artists

On September 4, bring your lunch and join Portland Opera Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Robert Ainsley, and the talented Studio Artists, for insights and musical highlights from Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohème.

In addition to being one of the most popular operas of all time (OPERA America puts it at number two) the music from La Bohème will be familiar to many from its presence in numerous films including Atonement, Moonstruck, The Boondock Saints, The Great Caruso and Mimi, a 1935 British film starring Gertrude Lawrence and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. La Bohème was also the inspiration behind the huge Broadway hit musical Rent.

La Bohème opens Sept 25 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances Sept 27m, Oct 1, 3. For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org.

 

 


WHAT: Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation.
           September topic: La Bohème.
           FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN: Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, September 4, 2009.

WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

"Would you like an aria with those fries?" August - Alexis' Choice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 22, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S

“Would you like an aria with those fries?”

BROWN BAG SERIES


The popular lunchtime series at the Central Library
returns after a brief summer hiatus.

AUGUST TOPIC

ALEXIS’ CHOICE

Do you fear and loathe "20th Century" music?

 

Do you fear and loathe "20th Century" music?  Does anything written after 1907 give you the heebie jeebies, annoy or offend you?  You aren't alone.  In 1913, Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" started a riot.   Here is your opportunity to learn what all the hype is about.  Serial music, program music, minimalist, post minimalist, neo-classical, neo-romantic—what does it all mean?  Does this have a rhyme or reason?  Why does it matter? On August 7, join the dauntless Alexis Hamilton in a 20th century crash course—you may find that you like some 20th century music...and be ready to tackle the music of the 21st!

As an acclaimed opera singer, a tour manager and a dedicated arts administrator, Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach, has endless insight to offer opera lovers.  Past topics have included Opera Bloopers, Backstage Jobs and Classical vs. Romantic; A look at two major approaches to art and music.  Bring your lunch and be ready for a treat.

 

 


 

2009/10 Studio Artists Set to Arrive in August

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 13, 2009

CONTACT:  Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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2009/10 STUDIO ARTISTS SET TO ARRIVE IN AUGUST


Portland Opera is all set to welcome new members—a tenor, soprano and mezzo soprano—to its Studio Artist program.  They arrive in August and join the returning baritone to begin the fifth year of a program that has become a very successful and well-regarded program.  These talented young singers, in residency in Portland for the entire season, have also proven to be very popular with Portland audiences, both through their Portland Opera performances and their outreach efforts in the city.

“We are delighted to have such a talented group of young artists with us this season,” Mr. Mattaliano said.  “It will be a pleasure to share their talents with our public in many appearances throughout the community—at the Keller Auditorium, in the Newmark Theatre for Trouble in Tahiti, and at various venues and special events throughout the region.”

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 and music academies join the company for a rigorous nine-month training program during which they are featured in their own production.  Their training also includes voice, language and movement lessons and supporting roles in Company mainstage productions.

Portland Opera Ends the 2008/09 Season in the Black

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 14, 2009
CONTACT:  Jim Fullan 503-295-5210

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PORTLAND OPERA ENDS THE 2008/09 SEASON IN THE BLACK

 

 

 

All Classical 89.9 FM to Broadcast Portland Opera's 2008/09 Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  June 30, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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ALL CLASSICAL 89.9 FM TO BROADCAST
PORTLAND OPERA’S 2008/09 PERFORMANCES

 

 

PORTLAND OPERA IN JUNE "OPERA NEWS"

The Two Sisters

The thriving cultural life of Seattle casts a long shadow over the music and art scene in Portland, Oregon.

RICHARD SPEER reports

The friendly sibling rivalry between Portland and Seattle is as evergreen as the trees that line the 175-mile corridor between them. We Portlanders fancy our city cozier and friendlier, with more bonhomie and less traffic than Seattle, while conceding that our more populous neighbor to the north offers a more dramatic skyline and a more robust cultural scene. Despite these inequalities, we exude a spunky civic pride, which can curdle in an instant into smug hipster hauteur. Yet beneath this pride lurks a nervous "second-city" complex that hides under rocks and spreads like moss in Seattle's shadow. Portland's opera company, Portland Opera, reflects this uneasy duality.

operaman wins world-wide Twitter #operaplot contest

For Opera's Tweet Gift, the Plot Quickens

Contest's WNO Prize Given to D.C. Educator

By Anne Midgette Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

 

"There was a young lady called Fricka Who . . . who . . . *snore* 'Wake up -- it's over.' It's good, I just wish it were quicka." That's the plot of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" in fewer than 140 characters, as posted on the micro-blogging Web site Twitter. ..."

 

 

Tweet prize for opera winner

by David Stabler, The Oregonian
Wednesday May 20, 2009, 9:24 AM

 

"Stephen Llewellyn is one nice guy. The Portland Opera blogger won the Twitter Opera Plot contest and received as his prize a ticket to "Turandot" at the Washington National Opera on June 4. ..."

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Portland opera twitterer wins contest

by David Stabler, The Oregonian
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 12:53 PM

"Stephen Llewellyn, who blogs for Portland Opera, is one of seven winners in the Twitter #operaplot contest, which you can read about here."

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Portland Opera pets in The Oregonian

Portland Opera pets in the Oregonian.

Dogs and cats are welcome at some Portland workplaces

by Jacques Von Lunen, Special to The Oregonian
Tuesday May 19, 2009, 4:52 AM

 

It all began with a hungry cat looking for a home 13 years ago.

The cat chanced upon a seamstress from the Portland Opera, found a home at the opera costume shop and made everybody realize that work's less stressful with a purring princess named Nerissa around.

Today, the Portland Opera allows pets in the workplace.

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Blogging Rigoletto

Portland Opera invited prominent local bloggers to attend the opening night of Rigoletto and live-blog about their experience before the show and during intermission.

Good Day Oregon / Julie Grauert

BikePortland on Twitter

CulturePulp

OurPDXNetwork

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