PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

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CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

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PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

PRAISED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR GEORGE MANAHAN FOR HIS “MAGISTERIAL PREPARATION OF THE CHORUS”

 

(Portland, Ore.) – After an extensive national search, Portland Opera is pleased to announce Nicholas Fox will join Portland Opera’s artistic staff as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master starting with the 2013/14 Season. “Mr. Fox comes to Portland Opera with a wealth of experience from internationally renowned classical music organizations such as New York City Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Deutsche Oper Berlin,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “I’m confident his musical knowledge and expertise as a pianist and conductor will be an asset to our chorus, orchestra, and resident artist program. We are thrilled to have him onboard!”


Mr. Fox was engaged by Portland Opera this past May to serve as guest Chorus Master for Falstaff, receiving accolades from Portland Opera patrons and staff, as well as glorious critical acclaim. Oregon Music News made special mention of the “outstanding chorus, prepared expertly by Nicholas Fox,” in a production The Oregonian noted as “the strongest show the company has presented in years.”


“I was impressed by Nicholas Fox’s magisterial preparation of the chorus,” said Portland Opera’s Music Director George Manahan. “His ability to elicit the very best from singers and instrumentalists is truly extraordinary, and he will be a terrific addition to the Portland Opera family.”


In his role as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, Mr. Fox will be responsible for working with Music Director George Manahan to prepare the Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra for each production. In addition, he will serve as the primary coach for the esteemed Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, acting as a mentor to the young artists and accompanying each recital in the Portland Opera Resident Artist Recital Series, which begins on October 1st with soprano Nicole Haslett’s solo recital at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.  


"I am very excited to join a company that has such a highly talented staff and fosters such a friendly, warm working environment under General Director Christopher Mattaliano,” said Nicholas Fox. “The chorus and resident artists are outstanding, and the fact that I'll be relocating to one of the best cities in America seals the deal!"


Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Fox began studying piano and composition at the age of twelve. In high school he began performing music from the standard repertoire and his own compositions throughout Southern California, winning three gold medals at the Southern California Junior Bach festival and performing his Piano Sonata No. 1 at the California State University Northridge New Music Festival. From 2003 until 2006 Mr. Fox studied orchestral conducting with David Hayes at the Mannes College of Music, receiving the N.T. Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship in his final year. After graduate school he served as Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera for two seasons, helping to prepare productions of Hugo Weisgall’sEsther, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Chabrier’s L’étoile, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and the New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. He has since worked with The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance® program, where he was praised by the online magazine Parterre Box for his “truly outstanding and energetic performance” as the conductor of their 2011 production of Puccini’s La rondine.

 

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