"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series October Topic: Beethoven's Fidelio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
Beethoven’s FIDELIO

Beethoven’s first and only opera, Fidelio, is a classic rescue story with a breathtaking last minute liberation. A work of great beauty and significance, Fidelio was composed when Beethoven was facing the agonies of losing his hearing and longed to free himself from the cage of his deafness. The themes expressed in Fidelio were very personal to him. He identified strongly with the ideas of faith, determination, and the reward of patience during this period of personal crisis. His triumphant score represents a magnificent tribute to freedom, fidelity and the indomitable human spirit.

Join Portland Opera Chorus Master Rob Ainsley and the Portland Opera Studio Artists as they provide background and musical highlights from this stunning work, not seen at Portland Opera for nearly 30 years.

Fidelio opens November 7 at Keller Auditorium. For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org.


WHAT:Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. October topic: Beethoven’s FIDELIO. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
WHEN:Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, October 3, 2008.
WHERE:Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.


These ongoing lunch presentations are held at Multnomah County Central Library from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the First Friday of each month.

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