PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2011-2012 SEASON WITH ITS BIG NIGHT CONCERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 31, 2011
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PORTLAND OPERA KICKS OFF THE 2011-2012 SEASON WITH

BIG NIGHT Concert

A Company First!
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 7:30 p.m. | Keller Auditorium

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


(Portland, Ore) – Portland Opera’s 47th season begins on a spectacular, star-studded note with a Company first—a concert dubbed BIG NIGHT. Soprano MARIA KANYOVA, tenor ROGER HONEYWELL and conductor GEORGE MANAHAN headline an evening of opera’s greatest hits from operas including Aida, Carmen, La Traviata and Madame Butterfly.  Add to that, the local stars of Portland Opera—the stellar Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus— together on the Keller stage for the first time.

In addition to the BIG NIGHT concert, Portland Opera is also throwing its first gala fundraiser in years, titled NOTTE GRANDE (Big Night in Italian).  Tickets include a pre-concert coctail party and dazzling after party with the evening’s stars.  The concert takes place Saturday, September 24, 2011, 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium.  On Sunday, September 11, the Opera will announce a very Big and special surprise for the city of Portland.  Stay tuned!

“We’re pulling out all the stops for an evening of unabashed Opera celebration,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano, “with everyone’s favorite arias, duets, choruses and orchestral pieces.  It will definitely be an evening not to be missed.  And just as exciting,” he continued, “is the fact that all proceeds will support our education programs which are among the best in the nation and a great source of pride for us and our community.”

The concert benefits the very important work of the Portland Opera Education and Outreach Department, whose efforts provide the largest presence in Oregon schools of any arts organization in Portland.  Portland Opera reaches more than 50,000 people each season with a variety of education and outreach programs including Portland Opera To Go, Student Dress Rehearsals, Student Rush Tickets, Family Friendly Public Performances and workshops and public lectures.

Soprano MARIA KANYOVA made her impressive Portland Opera debut in La Traviata (2008) as Violetta, one of her signature roles.  She made her New York City Opera debut as Mimi in La Bohème in a critically acclaimed performance telecast on PBS.  Tenor ROGER HONEYWELL, who will make his Company debut later this season as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly was called by The New York Times an “assertive, dramatic tenor” and someone who “brought burnished sound and crisp diction to the sweeping vocal lines, full of leaps and dips.”  A popular conductor with Portland audiences, GEORGE MANAHAN (The Barber of Seville 2010, Così fan tutte 2010, Rigoletto 2009, Rodelinda 2008, Macbeth 2006) returns to the podium.  Of his conducting for New York City Opera, The New York Times said that “George Manahan conducted and got from his players the kind of heartfelt involvement unthinkable in the City Opera orchestra pit 20 years ago.”  The evening also marks the return of a beloved former Studio Artist tenor BRENDAN TUOHY (Pong in Turandot, 2011; Borsa in Rigoletto, Nature/Pane in La Calisto; Prologue in The Turn of the Screw 2009; First Prisoner in Fidelio; Gastone in La Traviata; Messenger in Aida, title role in Albert Herring 2008; Remendado in Carmen 2007) and the debut of our 2011-2012 Studio Artists, soprano LINDSAY OHSE, mezzo soprano CAITLIN MATHES, baritone ANDRÉ CHIANG and bass baritone NICHOLAS NELSON.


PERFORMERS

Maria Kanyova             Soprano                
Roger Honeywell         Tenor    
Brendan Tuohy             Tenor
Lindsay Ohse †*           Soprano
Caitlin Mathes    †*        Mezzo Soprano
André Chiang     †*        Baritone
Nicholas Nelson †          Bass Baritone

Christopher Mattaliano        Host
George Manahan         Conductor                 

With the Portland Opera Chorus and Orchestra

* Portland Opera debut
† Portland Opera Studio Artist


PERFORMANCE         Friday, September 24, 2011, 7:30pm

RELATED EVENTS
(Calendar Editors Kindly Note)


Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park
As Portland Opera prepares to celebrate the opening of its 2011/12 Season with the Gala Concert Big Night, it invites the public to an open chorus rehearsal in Director Park featuring the acclaimed Portland Opera Chorus.  Associate Music Director & Chorus Master Robert Ainsley will lead the 70-strong group through the open rehearsal, giving attendees the chance not only to hear the glorious music but also to see the kind of detailed work that goes into professional opera chorus preparation.

09/18/11      3-5pm | Director Park (between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)  | Free


Big Night Preview
09/15/11    Big Night preview on “Northwest Previews,” All Classical 89.9 fm at 6pm.


TICKET INFORMATION: BIG NIGHT  |  September 24, 2011 | 7:30 p.m.

BIG NIGHT (concert only)         $100, $75, $50

NOTTE GRANDE GALA         $250 (includes exclusive cocktail party before the concert, best seats in the house and                     party afterwards with the stars.)

Tickets can be purchased:


BY PHONE:    

Portland Opera Box Office, 503-241-1802, Toll-free 866-739-6737, (Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).
Ticketmaster, 800-982-ARTS (days, evenings, and weekends).

ONLINE:     www.ticketmaster.com  


IN-PERSON:    

Portland Opera Box Office, 211 SE Caruthers St. (just south of OMSI, off Water Ave.)                         Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Ticketmaster outlets. 
Portland Center for the Performing Arts (SW Broadway & Main). 


GROUPS:     10 or more save up to 25% by calling Group Sales at 503-417-0573.

RUSH TICKETS: Students/Military $10 per ticket, Seniors $20 per ticket, 1 hour prior to show only, all available unsold seats. 1 ticket per person, valid ID required.
 

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