- Resident Artists
PORTLAND OPERA INVITES COMIC ARTISTS TO DRAW
PAGLIACCI / CARMINA BURANA
FOR THE COMPANY’S FIRST-EVER
COMIC ARTIST NIGHT @ THE OPERA
Monday, September 20 | Keller Auditorium
Artists include Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Joelle Jones, Erika Moen,
Steve Lieber, Sarah Oleksyk, Matt Wagner and many more.
(Portland, Ore) – In an effort to reach out to new audiences and new communities, Portland Opera is pleased to announce its first-ever Comic Artist Night @ the Opera on Monday, September 20. Taking advantage of Portland’s wealth of comic talent, the Opera has invited 20 artists to attend a dress rehearsal and draw whatever inspires them about the production. They’ll also receive a backstage tour prior to the show and front row seats during the show so that they can see every single operatic expression on stage. The artists will share the results of the evening with their online communities and Portland Opera will share the artist’s work with our patrons at the theater as well as posting the work online at www.portlandopera.org.
A couple of comics creations inspired the idea. Opera staffers came upon a copy of P. Craig Russell’s comic-book adaptation of Pagliacci (P. Craig Russell's Pagliacci). Passed around the office, it was enjoyed tremendously by opera staff. And in 2009 and 2010, as part of Blogger Night @ the Opera—cartoonist Mike Russell drew “live comics adaptations” of The Barber of Seville and Rigoletto (Mike Russell's Barber of Seville). Russell turned these into small printed comic-book pamphlets, which were a huge hit with opera patrons, staff and visiting singers.
Portland is a major comics town—three major publishers operate out of the city, and many professionals call Portland home. And so, Portland Opera wanted to invite some of these remarkable talents to expand on Mike Russell’s idea, and Comic Artists Night @ the Opera was born.
Pagliacci in particular will provide an evening of love, infidelity, murder, a play within a play and one very unhappy clown. Carmina Burana boasts a 72-member chorus, Portland’s BodyVox dance troupe and a 9-ft albino boa constrictor named Sunshine.