An Evening with the Stars of La Bohème

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2009
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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

AN EVENING WITH THE STARS OF LA BOHÈME
A Concert of Popular Opera Arias & Ensembles

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 | 7:00pm | Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Ave.


Portland, Ore.— Portland Opera is pleased to announce AN EVENING WITH THE STARS OF LA BOHÈME, a concert of popular opera arias and ensembles performed by the stars of Portland Opera’s season opener, Puccini’s La Bohème. The event marks the first time Portland Opera audiences will have the chance to hear visiting artists on a second stage, performing a variety of opera favorites, in such an intimate concert setting. “Over the years, many of our patrons have lamented that we get only one chance to enjoy the talented singers of our productions—at the 3,000-seat Keller Auditorium. We’re delighted now to be able to share the immense talents of the La Bohème cast with the public—in a much more intimate setting—before they actually appear at the Keller,” said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “It will be a great evening of truly wonderful music.”

On the concert stage will be five very exciting singers, all making their Company debuts in Puccini’s La Bohème: Soprano KELLY KADUCE, tenor ARTURO CHACÓN-CRUZ, soprano ALYSON CAMBRIDGE, baritone MICHAEL TODD SIMPSON, and bass GUSTAV ANDREASSEN. CHRISTOPHER MATTALIANO will be the master of ceremonies for the evening. Accompanying the artists on piano are Portland Opera’s Chorus Master and Principal Coach ROBERT AINSLEY and Principal Accompanist THOMAS WEBB.

 

 

MEET THE STARS

 


Kelly KaduceKELLY KADUCE

Role in La Bohème: Mimi

"Kaduce sings with bell-like purity and silvery sweetness, and she suspends her legato with an effortless, sensual spin. A born actress, Kaduce is also a masterful illuminator of text."
— Opera News

Highlights: Mimi in La Bohème (New York City Opera, Opera Pacific, Malmö Opera); Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, title role in Salome (Opera Theater of St. Louis); Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera); title role in Anna Karenina (Florida Grand Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis); Desdemona in Otello (Kentucky Opera); Violetta in La Traviata, Marguerite in Faust (Florida Grand Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Nashville Opera, Malmö Opera); Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosasharn in The Grapes of Wrath, title role in Rusalka (Minnesota Opera).

 

Arturo Chacon CruzARTURO CHACÓN-CRUZ

Role in La Bohème: Rodolfo

"Lead tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz, is a star worth watching, a singer with a firmly supported lyrical voice, a lovely legato and the ability to sound effortless." — The Washington Post

Highlights: Rodolfo in La Bohème (Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Pacific, Staatsoper Berlin, Graz Opera, Teatro Comunale); Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera); Alfredo in La Traviata (Michigan Opera Theatre); Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Ruggero in La Rondine (Michigan Opera Theatre); Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Teatro San Carlo, Naples); Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Placido Domingo in the title role (Valencia Opera); title role in Les Contes D’Hoffmann (Teatro Regio, Turin); title role in Faust (Opéra de Montpellier); Ruggero in La Rondine (Michigan Opera Theatre, Teatro alla Fenice); Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas (Cincinnati Opera); Marcello di Bruges in Il Duca D’Alba (Festival de Radio France, Montpellier). Concert: Verdi Requiem conducted by Placido Domingo (Los Angeles Opera); Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Mass in C (Carnegie Hall).

 

Alyson CambridgeALYSON CAMBRIDGE

Role in La Bohème: Musetta

"A dynamic soprano with unlimited potential. She has a natural stage presence that carries her scenes. Vocally, her solos are unparalleled." — St. Louis Playback Magazine

Highlights: Musetta in La Bohème (Washington National Opera, Palm Beach Opera); Crobyle in Thaïs, Bianca in La Rondine, Karolka in Jenufa, Frasquita in Carmen, Flowermaiden in Parsifal, Gianetta in L’Elisir d’Amore (Metropolitan Opera); Mimi in La Bohème (Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City); Violetta in La Traviata (Granite State Opera); Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Atlanta Opera); Clara in Porgy and Bess (Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre); Adina
in L’Elisir d’Amore (Wolf Trap Opera).

 

 

Michael Todd SimpsonMICHAEL TODD SIMPSON

Role in La Bohème: Marcello

“Simpson possesses a strong rich baritone voice” — Opera Today

Highlights: Marcello in La Bohème (Pittsburgh Opera, Seattle Opera, Cleveland Opera); Title role in Don Giovanni (Nashville Opera, Eugene Opera); Silvio in Pagliacci (New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Dallas Opera, Virginia Opera, Palm Beach Opera); Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen (Chicago Opera Theater); Escamillo in Carmen (Opera Australia); Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Herald in Lohengrin; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (Fort Worth Opera); Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (Florida Grand Opera); Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Tooley in American premiere of Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur (Glimmerglass Opera).

 

Gustav AndreassonGUSTAV ANDREASSEN

Role in La Bohème: Colline

"The extraordinary potent bass of Gustav Andreassen was all black tone - sonorous, distinctive, with fine musicianship and dramatic flair." — Opera News

Highlights: Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, the King in Aida (Utah Opera); Leporello in Don Giovanni, Daland in Der fliegende Holländer, Blitch in Susannah, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (Arizona Opera); Sourin in Pique Dame, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin (San Francisco Opera); Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opéra Atelier); Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Boston Baroque, Florida Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera). Concert: Verdi’s Requiem (Hartford Symphony); Mozart’s Requiem (Atlanta Symphony); Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin (National Symphony Orchestra); Mercury and Ghost of Hector in Les Troyens (Boston Symphony Orchestra).

 

 

AN EVENING WITH THE STARS OF LA BOHÈME
TICKET INFORMATION

September 10, 2009 | 7:00pm | Scottish Rite Center, 709 SW 15th Ave.

Tickets, priced at $50, can be purchased:

BY PHONE: Portland Opera Box Office, 503-241-1802, Toll-free 866-739-6737, (Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

IN-PERSON: Portland Opera Box Office, 211 SE Caruthers St. (just south of OMSI, off Water Ave.) Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

 

For more information, please visit our website at: www.portlandopera.org.

 

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