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We were pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago to receive an invitation to attend and blog about the opening night of Portland Opera’s latest production, Verdi’s Rigoletto, which opens this Friday, May 8th at 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium downtown. Sounds great, we said, but what does this have to do with bikes?

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"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series April Topic: Verdi's Rigoletto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES

APRIL TOPIC:

Verdi’s
RIGOLETTO
With Rob Ainsley and the
Portland Opera Studio Artists

 

 

Rigoletto is Verdi’s powerful tale of deceit, vengeance and a father’s unwitting betrayal of his own daughter. In court, the famous hunchback jester Rigoletto does the lecherous Duke of Mantua’s dirty work, helping seduce one innocent woman after another. At home however, he has a daughter he loves and protects. But life in the corrupt ducal court, an old man’s curse and Rigoletto’s act of defiance and revenge on the Duke bring this ironic tragedy to a heart-wrenching conclusion.

Please join Portland Opera Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master Rob Ainsley and his talented band of Studio Artists for insights and musical highlights from Verdi’s masterpiece.

Rigoletto opens May 8 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances May 10m, 14 & 16.

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. April topic:

Verdi's RIGOLETTO.

FREE!

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series March Topic: Opera Master Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
MARCH TOPIC:

Opera Master Class

 

 

master class 
noun
a small class for advanced students, esp. a class in performance skills conducted by a

distinguished musician.

 

The public is welcome to bring lunch and enjoy an open-format opera Master Class presented by Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Outreach. An opera singer in her own right (she gave an acclaimed performance as Mrs. Herring in last season’s Albert Herring), Ms. Hamilton will coach an opera chorister on her presentation and singing technique. While relaxing with lunch, the audience will gain unique insight into the skill and technique required for opera singing, and enjoy some live music along the way. Portland Opera’s Principal Accompanist Thomas Webb will play piano.

 

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. March topic:

Opera Master Class.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

Studio Artists Busier Than Ever

BodyVox Foot Opera Files

Not only are the Portland Opera Studio Artists starring in the upcoming production of Cavalli's La Calisto in the Newmark Theatre from March 13th to March 21st, but they then turn quickly around to sing music from . . .
from Tom Waits with the next production of one of Portland's favorite dance groups, BodyVox! It's called Foot Opera Files.

BodyVox explores the raw space that will be its new home. Foot Opera Files is an all-new show featuring BodyVox's signature blend of bodies, theater, dance and humor. The ballads of Tom Waits sung live by the talented voices of the Portland Opera Studio Artists provide the theatrical narrative for an intertwined series of human vignettes. Discover the true definition of BodyVox as dance and voice unite to push the boundaries of movement and music.

The Foot Opera Files features choreography by BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland with Eric Skinner, Matt Hope, Lane Hunter and Daniel Kirk and a new film created with Mitchell Rose. For more information: www.bodyvox.com

Portland Opera Presents the Portland Opera Premiere of Cavalli’s LA CALISTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS

the PORTLAND OPERA PREMIERE
of

Cavalli’s

LA CALISTO

ALL-NEW PRODUCTION!
March 13, 15m, 19, 21, 2009 . NEWMARK THEATRE

The popular Studio Artists production moves to the Newmark Theatre!

 

La CalistoIn a significant development for its popular annual Studio Artists production, Portland Opera moves the production to the Newmark Theatre with the Company premiere of Cavalli’s La Calisto. The move retains the all-important intimacy audiences have enjoyed in the Studio Theater at the Hampton Opera Center, and accommodates the growing demand for tickets for the annual Studio Artist’s work. The production debuts in the new venue March 13, 2009 with additional performances March 15m, 19 and 21.

Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital: José Rubio & Jonathan Kimple

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508

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PORTLAND OPERA STUDIO ARTISTS RECITAL

JOSÉ RUBIO & JONATHAN KIMPLE

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00pm / Sherman Clay Pianos

Jose Rubio  Jonathan Kimple

Enjoy another unforgettable evening of vocal chamber music when the spotlight shines on baritone José Rubio and bass Jonathan Kimple in the third Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital of the 2008/09 season.  The recital features the songs of Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Hahn, Chausson, Duparc, Brahms, Tosti and Rachmaninoff.

These Studio Artists Recitals have proven very popular, with the first two turning into standing-room-only events. The intimate nature of the recitals allow the audience an opportunity to experience the close relationship between composer, singer and accompanist.

 


WHAT:     Portland Opera Studio Artists Recital: José Rubio and Jonathan Kimple accompanied by Portland

                Opera Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley.

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series February Topic: Cavalli's LA CALISTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2009
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
FEBRUARY TOPIC:
Cavalli's LA CALISTO
with Roberty Ainsley and the
Portland Opera Studio Artists

 

 

 

Bring your lunch and join Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley, and the Portland Opera Studio Artists, for an exploration of the music and history behind this season’s Portland Opera Studio Artist production—Cavalli’s La Calisto. The program includes musical highlights from the Studio Artists.

 

The gods mix it up with the mortals in this Baroque gem. What’s a girl to do when the head of the gods himself keeps hitting on her? It’s no easy thing, even in this humorous romp. Baroque opera continues its conquest of the 21st century with this heady brew of humor and sincerity. Featuring the Portland Opera Studio Artists, now for the first time in the beautiful intimacy of the Newmark Theatre.

 

La Calisto opens March 13, 2009.
For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org

 


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. February topic:

Cavalli's LA CALISTO.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:   Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, January 2, 2009.
WHERE: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave) in the U.S. Bank room.

Portland Opera Announces 2009/10 Season Love & Marriage

CONTACT:  Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2009/10 SEASON

love and marriage


LA BOHÈME ♦ ORPHÉE ♦ COSÌ FAN TUTTE
TROUBLE IN TAHITI ♦ THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

 

Portland Opera to Go takes Rossini's Cinderella & Opera Improv on the Road...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 6, 2009  
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA TO GO TAKES
ROSSINI’S CINDERELLA & OPERA IMPROV
ON THE ROAD TO SCHOOL CHILDREN
ALL OVER OREGON!

 

“…The old wrongs have vanished from my mind.  My revenge shall be…to forgive you!”  
Cinderella, adapted by Randall Stuart

 

"Would You Like an Aria with Those Fries?" Brown Bag Series January Topic: Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2008
CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508
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PORTLAND OPERA’S
“Would you like an aria with those fries?”
BROWN BAG SERIES
JANUARY TOPIC:
Britten’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW
with Rob Ainsley

 

 

Bring your lunch and join Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Robert Ainsley for an exploration of the music and history behind Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, complete with musical highlights.

A haunting ghost story that will put audiences on the edge of their seats, The Turn of the Screw marks the first Benjamin Britten opera to be presented on the Keller Auditorium stage. Based on a Henry James well-known tale, Britten’s opera is a modern masterpiece that preserves almost every detail of James’ story. It is an atmospheric, strange and powerful piece with intense, evocative music.

The Turn of the Screw opens February 6, 2009. For more information, visit www.portlandopera.org.


WHAT:   Portland Opera’s “Would you like an aria with those fries?” lunchtime presentation. January topic:

Britten's THE TURN OF THE SCREW.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

WHEN:   Noon – 1:00pm, Friday, January 2, 2009.
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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