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Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

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CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



Portland Opera Announces Argento’s POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO Will Replace Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM On The 2013/14 Season

 

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano today announced that Dominick Argento’s 1971 opera, Postcard from Morocco will replace Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the 2013/14 Season.  Portland Opera is thrilled to be collaborating with the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music to produce Postcard from Morocco in an all-new production featuring the Portland Opera Resident Artists and performed in the Newmark Theatre.


The partnership with San Francisco Conservatory of Music comes on the heels of the very successful alliance with the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for the Company’s recent production of Rinaldo.  Kevin Newbury, know for his direction of two very popular Portland Opera productions — last season’s Galileo Galilei and Nixon in China in 2006 — will direct both here in Portland and in San Francisco.  Newbury was originally slated to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Portland designers Curt Enderle (sets) and Sue Bonde (costumes) will design the show.  Their work was last seen at Portland Opera in 2012 when they created a magical and very memorable Galileo Galilei.

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS FALSTAFF

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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

GIUSEPPE VERDI'S

FALSTAFF

May 10, 12m, 16, 18, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera opens Verdi’s comedic masterpiece, Falstaff, on May 10 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances on May 12, 16 and 18.  Christopher Mattaliano’s rollicking productioncloses a season called “Larger Than Life” with opera’s largest and most full of life character — Falstaff — who famously declared that “he who laughs last, laughs best.”  Together, Verdi’s legendary sense of theater and Falstaff’s legendary lust for life guarantee an evening full of merriment and one perfect for both the seasoned and new operagoer.


Verdi wrote only two comedies and he wrote Falstaff when he was nearly 80 years old.  The third of Verdi’s operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, it is an extremely spirited, sensual and youthful work.  The music possesses immense charm and sparkle with wonderful individual arias throughout the opera.  An impeccable, virtuosic ensemble opera, Falstaff teems with tricks, twists and trysts, culminating in an evening where the music, action and comic momentum never stop.  Last performed in 1991, Falstaff makes a welcome return to Portland Opera.

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS TOSCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

GIACOMO PUCCINI'S

February 1, 3m, 7, 9, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium

 

(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera continues its 2012/13 Season—Larger Than Life—with Puccini’s Tosca featuring the Company debut of American soprano Kara Shay Thomson in the title role and returning Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell as Cavaradossi.  Tosca runs for four performances February 1, 3m, 7, 9, 2013.  Last produced at Portland Opera in 2005, the opera is presented in a beautiful, classic production critics called “a Tosca to remember.”

 

“A genius at theatrical pacing, Puccini is by far the most popular opera composer of all time with the general public,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano.  “Perhaps his most gripping work, a cinematic intensity drives the thriller in ways reminiscent of Hitchcock or Scorsese.  In Tosca, Puccini fans will find everything they love about the composer—and opera—gorgeous soaring melodies and taut intense action.”

 

Portland Opera Presents Mozart's DON GIOVANNI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART'S

DON GIOVANNI
 

November 2, 4m, 8, 10, 2012  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay


 

(Portland, Ore.) – Portland Opera’s 2012/13 Season—Larger Than Life—gets into full swing with Mozart’s most powerful opera, Don Giovanni.  A masterpiece by any standard, Don Giovanni opens November 2 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances November 4m, 8, 10, 2012.  Tickets begin at $25.


The hero of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni has shocked, outraged and fascinated audiences since his first sighting in Prague a couple hundred years ago.  Suave and maniacal, he is a seducer and murderer who answers to nothing but his drives and desires.  Portland Opera’s production, originally created for New York City Opera in 2009 by Christopher Alden, was praised by The New York Times as “dark, erotic and vividly theatrical . . . striking, insightful.”  Alden will restage his popular work here, unearthing the heart of this timeless, disturbing tale in a production that provides a fiercely dramatic and very satisfying evening in the theater.

PORTLAND OPERA INVITES PUBLIC TO FREE OPEN CHORUS REHEARSAL IN DIRECTOR PARK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 27, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA INVITES PUBLIC TO FREE

OPEN CHORUS REHEARSAL IN DIRECTOR PARK

Sunday, September 9, 3-5pm  |  Director Park

(between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)

 

The yearly event attracts a large crowd who gather to listen to the acclaimed Portland Opera chorus’ voices soar into the late summer sky.

 

On Sunday, September 9, the public will get an up close look at the detailed work that goes into professional opera chorus preparation with Portland Opera’s third annual, free-to-the-publicopen chorus rehearsal.  Portland Opera’s 48th season begins on a spectacular, star-studded note with the return of last year’s popular concert dubbed BIG NIGHT on September 22. The BIG NIGHT concert will celebrate opera’s most familiar and beautiful music.  This year’s free outdoor chorus rehearsal will provide a wonderful sampling of what everyone loves, those big chorus numbers from the world’s favorite operas.

 

Interim Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master Michelle Alexander will lead the group through the open rehearsal, giving attendees the chance not only to hear the glorious music but also watch as she puts the 65 members of the chorus through their paces.

 

“Making opera accessible to the entire city is very important to us,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano.  “This unique event also gives us the chance to share this beauty with Portland and to give the city a glimpse behind the scenes of the major undertakings our chorus takes on each year.”