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Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum


(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents soprano NICOLE HASLETT in her first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on October 1, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the first recital of the 2013/14 Season in Portland Opera’s free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future. ” Ms. Haslett will present a program that explores three hundred years of songs for solo voice and piano, from Henry Purcell’s delicate baroque works to Dominick Argento’s modern and playful Six Elizabethan Songs. This is a unique opportunity to see an emerging star in an intimate setting. “There are no bells and whistles, costumes, or orchestra,” said Ms. Haslett, “just a chance to experience the music simply and meaningfully.”

“This Recital Series is a very important component of the program, both for the singers and for our audience,” said Portland Opera’s Director of Artistic Operations Clare Burovac. “The combination of solo voice and piano presents a distinct set of challenges to the performers and allows our audience to get to know these singers in a way that is uniquely personal, and also quite different from their presentations on the Keller and Newmark stages.”

Ms. Haslett curated this evening of music herself with assistance from the newly appointed Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master NICHOLAS FOX, who will also collaborate on the performance. “When putting this recital together, I chose music that moves me,” explained Ms. Haslett. “There is a lot of variety, with pieces from 17th-century England to 18th-century Italy to 1950's America.  Even though the styles are diverse, each piece tells a story that is unique and beautiful.  Music styles may change, but human emotions and experiences are timeless.”

A native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Ms. Haslett graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a master’s in Vocal Performance in May 2012. She studied Mandarin opera for six weeks in Beijing with Chinese bass Hao Jiang Tian and the I SING BEIJING program. Ms. Haslett spent the summer with Opera Theatre of St. Louis covering the role of Barče and singing Second Echo in Czech composer Bedřich Smetana’s The Kiss and 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 she 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 her “dream role,” Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program serves as a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage. These young artists are selected from an international pool of more than four hundred applicants to spend nine months in Portland, performing with Portland Opera and studying with leading professionals in the field. In addition to performing a solo recital, these singers make valuable contributions to the Portland arts community, performing at free library previews, giving free recitals, and singing leading roles in the annual opera at the Newmark Theatre. Past Resident Artists have also performed with such area arts groups as the Oregon Symphony, BodyVox, the Resonance Ensemble, Opera Theater Oregon, and Classical Revolution PDX.

Recital Program*

La fioraia fiorentina

La promessa

La pastorella delle alpi

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)



The Salley Gardens

The Ash Grove

‘Tis the Last Rose of Summer

Come you not from Newcastle?

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)






Six Elizabethan Songs

  1. Spring
  2. Sleep
  3. Winter
  4. Dirge
  5. Diaphenia
  6. Hymn

Dominick Argento (1972-)



Music for a while

If music be the food of love

I attempt from love’s sickness

Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

*Program is subject to change 

WHAT:   Portland Opera Resident Artist Recital: soprano NICOLE HASLETTwith pianist NICHOLAS FOX
WHEN:   Tuesday, October 1, 2013  |   7:00pm
WHERE:  Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum | 1219 SW Park Avenue

The recital is FREE*, but reservations are required: 

*Recommended donation to support the Portland Opera Resident Artist program: $20.

For more information call Portland Opera, 503-241-1407 or visit us at www.portlandopera.org/recitals