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PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF RICHARD STRAUSS’S SALOME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569


PORTLAND OPERA PRESENTS A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION OF RICHARD STRAUSS’S SALOME

 “IT’S SWIFT, IT’S BRUTAL, AND IT’S BLOODY”

 

November 1, 3, 7, and 9, 2013  |  Keller Auditorium, SW 3rd & Clay


(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera’s first opera of the 2013/14 Season is a new production of Richard Strauss’s one act opera, Salome, opening November 1 at Keller Auditorium, with additional performances November 3, 7, and 9, 2013. Tickets begin at $20.


“Strauss’s brazenly modern retelling takes off from Oscar Wilde’s 1891 play Salomé, in which the princess shamelessly eroticizes the body of John the Baptist and indulges in a touch of necrophilia at the end,” explains The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross in his book The Rest is Noise.  Rather than setting the text in a traditional verse form, like most opera lyrics, Strauss’s librettois a direct translation of Wilde’s play by German author Hedwig Lachmann. Portland Opera Music Director GEORGE MANAHANconducts the score that Strauss himself described in a 1942 essay as “truly exotic harmony, which shimmer[s], especially in the strange cadences, like iridescent silk.”

PORTLAND OPERA RELEASES A COMMERCIAL RECORDING OF ITS ROCKING” 2011 PRODUCTION OF PHILIP GLASS’ 'GALILEO GALILEI'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.



PORTLAND OPERA RELEASES A COMMERCIAL RECORDING OF ITS “ROCKING” 2011 PRODUCTION OF PHILIP GLASS’ GALILEO GALILEI


(Portland, OR) – Portland Opera is pleased to release the first commercial recording of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei, available September 25, 2013 under the Orange Mountain Music Label. Recorded live at the Newmark Theater in March 2012, this West Coast premiere wasthe Company’s first production of a 21st century opera. Galileo Galilei will be Portland Opera’s second commercial recording of a Philip Glass work, following the success of their 2009 recording of Orphée, which was voted among the “Ten Best of the Year” byOpera News.

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES FOUR NEW RISING STARS TO THE PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM.


SELECTED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL POOL OF OVER 400 APPLICANTS.


HAILED AS A “CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC’S FUTURE.”

 

Soprano Nicole HaslettMezzo soprano Melissa FajardoTenor Ian José Ramirez Alexander Elliott

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera is thrilled to welcome four new singers to the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program for the 2013/14 Season, now in its ninth year. Soprano NICOLE HASLETT, mezzo soprano MELISSA FAJARDO, tenor IAN JOSÉ RAMIREZ, and baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT will make their debuts at Portland Opera’s season opener, the Big Night Concert conducted by Portland Opera Music Director George Manahan,this September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium.


Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program serves as a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage. These young artists are selected from an international pool of more than four hundred applicants to spend nine months in Portland, performing with Portland Opera and studying with leading professionals in the field.

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2013/14 SEASON “WHEN PASSIONS COLLIDE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES 2013/14 SEASON
“WHEN PASSIONS COLLIDE”

 

Portland Opera’s BIG NIGHT  Strauss SALOME
Donizetti LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR   Argento POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO 
Gilbert & Sullivan THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

 

(Portland, Ore) - Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano today announced the details of the 2013/14 Season, the Company’s 49th and one in which Mr. Mattaliano celebrates his tenth as General Director. “I am incredibly excited about our 2013/14 Season and I’m thrilled to be celebrating my 10th Anniversary as General Director of Portland Opera,” said Christopher Mattaliano.  “It has been a rich and fulfilling decade.”

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO THE NEWLY RENAMED PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES ACCOMPLISHED GROUP TO THE  NEWLY RENAMED PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

 

Lindsay Ohse

Soprano

Caitlin Mathes

Mezzo Soprano

Matthew Grills

Tenor

André Chiang

Baritone

Nicholas Nelson

PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2012/13 SEASON WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL BIG NIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508


 

PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2012/13 SEASON WITH THE SECOND ANNUAL
 


 

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7:30 PM  |  Keller Auditorium

STREET FAIR BEGINS AT 5:00PM

All Proceeds to Benefit Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Efforts


 

(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera’s 48th Season begins once again on a spectacular note with a jam-packed evening the audience won’t soon forget.  Last season, BIG NIGHT, the Company’s first ever concert of opera’s greatest hits and the free simulcast outdoors exceeded all expectations.  A hit with both the audience inside Keller Auditorium and the hundreds sitting out watching the concert simulcast on huge screen hung on the front of the building; it was a big night in many ways. The season’s concert will again feature all that is big and beloved in opera—the hits, the voices, the choruses, the orchestra.

 

A surprise last year — and a BIG hit — the pre-concert STREET FAIR returns with emcee Sasha Roiz from Grimm and musical treats that include the Vagabond Opera and theRose City Swing Band. There will be plenty of bike racks and food carts  (Bro Dogs, Fuego de Lotus, Taco Pedaler, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream) on hand too. The  post-concert showing of The Marx Brothers A Night at the Opera will take place again simply because it was so much fun last year.

 

Portland Opera To Go Presents: HANSEL AND GRETEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 4, 2012

CONTACT: Julia Sheridan, 503-295-3508



PORTLAND OPERA TO GO
presents


A family-friendly, 50-minute, English language production of
 

 

Portland, Ore. – Portland Opera To Go, Portland Opera’s state-wide educational tour, hits the road soon with an enchanting, family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.  The 50-minute, English language revival will be directed by Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano with sets by Polly Robbins and costumes by Portland Opera’s Rae Minten. 
 

The travelling troupe in the big white van will visit more than 50 schools around the region.  From the Oregon coast on the west to Ontario on the east, it is one of the largest arts education and outreach tours on the West Coast.  Beginning in January 2012 in Portland, it will include 70 in-school and public performances throughout the state—more than half of which will be heavily subsidized or presented free of charge for families and disadvantaged schools and students. 

 

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.



PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL

BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT in his first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on November 5, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the second recital this season in a free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future.” Mr. Elliott will collaborate with Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master NICHOLAS FOX to present a program that explores the wide range of baritone art song repertoire. Selections will include Stefano Donaudy’s charming late-19th-century songs that emulate the bel canto style and the song cycle “Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House“ by American composer Tom Cipullo, who was called "…one of New York's favorite song composers…" by The New Yorker. The program also includes songs by Maurice Ravel, Ernst Korngold, Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, and Benjamin Britten.

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.

 


PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL
BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTTAND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX


Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum


(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT in his first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on November 5, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the second recital this season in a free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future.” Mr. Elliott will collaborate with Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master NICHOLAS FOX to present a program that explores the wide range of baritone art song repertoire. Selections will include Stefano Donaudy’s charming late-19th-century songs that emulate the bel canto style and the song cycle “Another Reason Why I Don't Keep a Gun in the House“ by American composer Tom Cipullo, who was called "…one of New York's favorite song composers…" by The New Yorker. The program also includes songs by Maurice Ravel, Ernst Korngold, Samuel Barber, Paul Bowles, and Benjamin Britten.

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL: SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL

SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents soprano NICOLE HASLETT in her first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on October 1, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the first recital of the 2013/14 Season in Portland Opera’s free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future. ” Ms. Haslett will present a program that explores three hundred years of songs for solo voice and piano, from Henry Purcell’s delicate baroque works to Dominick Argento’s modern and playful Six Elizabethan Songs. This is a unique opportunity to see an emerging star in an intimate setting. “There are no bells and whistles, costumes, or orchestra,” said Ms. Haslett, “just a chance to experience the music simply and meaningfully.”


“This Recital Series is a very important component of the program, both for the singers and for our audience,” said Portland Opera’s Director of Artistic Operations Clare Burovac. “The combination of solo voice and piano presents a distinct set of challenges to the performers and allows our audience to get to know these singers in a way that is uniquely personal, and also quite different from their presentations on the Keller and Newmark stages.”