FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2012
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO THE NEWLY RENAMED PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM
Portland Opera is pleased to welcome its four returning artists, as well as one new member, to its esteemed residency program. Soprano Lindsay Ohse, mezzo soprano Caitlin Mathes, baritone André Chiang and bass Nicholas Nelson all dazzled Portland audiences last season, performing roles in the mainstage productions at Keller Auditorium, the Chamber Opera at the Newmark Theatre, and in a recital series that Oregon Arts Watch called, “cause for hope in classical music’s future.” Joining them in the upcoming season is the talented tenor, Matthew Grills, who is a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
The artists will now be known as the Portland Opera Resident Artists, to reflect the level of quality on which the program is operating. “This is an immensely talented group of singers,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano, “and we are welcoming them back to a program more aptly named for their level of artistry and professionalism.”
In 2005, the Company established this program, designed to provide a “bridge” from the conservatory world to the professional stage. Selected at auditions around the country, these singers perform on the mainstage along with Portland Opera’s internationally renowned artists, as well as their own annual production, which has become a highly-anticipated event in Portland. Last year’s production of Galileo Galilei at the Newmark Theatre broke box office records and will become Portland Opera’s second commercial recording.
The 2012/13 PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTISTS
New to the program this year, tenor MATTHEW GRILLS arrives in Portland after spending the summer singing as a Young Artist with Santa Fe Opera. A recent recipient of a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, Matthew has already made a splash in American opera as the winner of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Lotte Lenya competition. Other operatic credits include Prunier in La Rondine, Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillon, the Prologue in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Seagle Music Colony (2011).
Soprano LINDSAY OHSE returns to Portland after spending the summer in Northern Germany, performing as a soloist at the Eutin Festspiele. She delighted Portland audiences last season as Maria Celeste / Duchess Christina in Galileo Galilei and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. Previous performances include Marie in La Fille du Regiment at Wichita Grand Opera, Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites at Des Moines Metro Opera, Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at both the Santa Fe Opera and Sarasota Opera, Viclinda in Verdi's rarely performed I Lombardi and Ann Putnam in The Crucible, also at Sarasota Opera.
Mezzo soprano CAITLIN MATHES has been hailed by critics as “charming” and “smashing.” She has been praised for her “natural acting ability” and “vocal agility.” In addition to singing Maria Maddalena / A Scribe in Galileo Galilei and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly with Portland Opera in the 2011/12 season, Caitlin also gave her New York City debut recital in December at the National Arts Club. In 2011, she was awarded first place in the Lotte Lenya Competition. She also made her New York City operatic debut in 2011 with the Encompass Opera, singing the role of Sister Dorothy Stang, in the world premiere of Angel of the Amazon, which was recorded by Albany Records and features former Resident Artist Jose Rubio. She participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera program, where she sang the role of Despina in Cosí fan tutte.
Baritone ANDRÉ CHIANG dazzled audiences last season as Younger Galileo in Galileo Galilei and Prince Yamadori in Madame Butterfly. Other opera credits include: Sciarrone in Tosca, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Masetto in Don Giovanni (Shreveport Opera); Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chénier, Doctor Grenville in La Traviata, A Gypsy in Il Trovatore (Mobile Opera); Registrar in Madame Butterfly (Opera Birmingham); The Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Ctésippe in Pénélope, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus (Manhattan School of Music); Belcor in The Elixir of Love (University of South Alabama); Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Schaunard in La Bohème (University of Alabama). He has a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and was a member of the Young Artist programs at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mobile Opera, and Shreveport Opera.
Bass NICHOLAS NELSON has delighted Portland audiences for the past two seasons. Most recently he appeared as 2nd Officer / Sailor / Waiter / Slave Driver / Crook in Candide and Pope Urban VIII / Cardinal Barberini / Simplicio in Galileo Galilei. Previous roles include the Commissioner in Madame Butterfly (2012), Don Inigo Gomez in L’Heure Espagnole, Armchair / Tree in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Mandarin in Turandot (2011). Mr. Nelson made his debut with Tacoma Opera last season as Selim in Turk In Italy. Originally from Winthrop, Minnesota, Nelson attended the University of Minnesota as a student of Glenda Maurice. During his study, he performed the roles of Colline in La Bohème, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea. He has twice won first place in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and has appeared in recital several times for the organization. In 2007, Nelson won First Prize at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Minnesota District.
THE PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTISTS in Recital and Performance
This year, we invite you to four exquisite nights of music, brought to you by our Portland Opera Resident Artists. Each singer will celebrate the beauty and the power of art song — romantic miniatures joining poetry and music, with pianist and voice acting as equals. All recitals are performed in the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum and begin at 7:00 PM.
|September 25||Lindsay Ohse|
|January 15||Caitlin Mathes|
|April 9||Matthew Grills|
|May 14||André Chiang|
Nicholas Nelson will not appear in recital this season.
Recommended donation to support the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program: $10
Donations can be made at the Whitsell Auditorium on the night of the recital.
For information, and to reserve tickets, please visit our web site at portlandopera.org/recitals.
March 15, 17m, 19, 21, 23, 2013
This year’s chamber opera in the intimate Newmark Theatre highlights the 2012/13 Resident Artists as well as former Resident Artists, soprano Sharin Apostolou and mezzo soprano Hannah Penn. Rinaldo also marks Portland Opera’s second collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra (La Calisto, 2009).
An opera full of sorcery, seductions and secret disguises, Rinaldo—composed in 1711—was Handel’s first work for the London stage and catapulted the composer to stardom. Portland Opera brings it to you for the first time with all new costumes and sets.
Sung in Italian with English projections above the stage.
|Mago / Herald||Nicholas Nelson†|
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|Stage Director ||Chas Rader-Shieber*|
|Scenery / Costume Designer||Jacob A. Climer*|
†Portland Opera Resident Artist
* PortlandOpera Debut
The Portland Opera Resident Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of George and Lee Anne Carter, Jeannine B. Cowles, Portland Opera Guild, Gwen Burns, The Eleanor Lieber Awards Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Martha Fletcher McCourt and two generous friends of Portland Opera. Resident Artist wardrobe is provided by Brooks Brothers and the Sophie Chiang Collection.
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