September 14, 2016

Press Release: Portland Opera presents OPERApalooza

Portland Opera will throw open its doors on Sunday, September 18, for a FREE day of opera featuring Opera a la Cart performances, a Portland Opera To Go Hansel and Gretel open rehearsal, an open house with costume shop tours, and culminating with the Chorus Open Rehearsal. All events will happen at the company’s headquarters, the Hampton Opera Center, 211 SE Caruthers Street which is adjacent to the east side of the Tilikum crossing and off Water Avenue just south of OMSI.

OPERApalooza performances will include selections from productions in our 2017 season. Each of which tells a great love story – yet each is markedly different! Love, with all its mysteries and manifestations, runs through the season – stories of GREAT LOVE – all on a truly operatic scale. Love gained and lost in La Bohème; the reverential and inspired love from afar of Don Quixote for Dulcinea in Man of la Mancha; the all consuming passion of one’s first love in Mozart’s sublime Così fan tutte; God’s enduring love for a homeless child who is united with the spirit of her Grandmother in David Lang’s profoundly moving The Little Match Girl Passion; and the pleasure of courtship, seduction, and sensual love in Monteverdi’s Songs of Love and War.

We continue to honor the great operatic traditions with our productions at Keller Auditorium, while striving to challenge and inspire not only our beloved audience, but also ourselves, with our productions at the Newmark Theatre and at our own Hampton Opera Center Studio. Subscriptions are available now for the 2017 Season of Love. 5-Show packages start at $155. Fall in love with opera all over again!

Opera a la Cart Performances | 12:30-2:30pm
Opera a la Cart is the mobile performance venue for Portland Opera that brings opera directly to community events and gathering spots. Inspired by Portland’s celebrated food-cart culture, students in the School of Architecture’s Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University collaborated with Portland Opera staff on the project. The project team made a series of provocative, functional modifications to both the interior and exterior of a formerly ordinary Grumman Olson truck. The modifications allow the company to bring the magic of opera directly to communities that might not otherwise experience this timeless art form. The architectural alterations include a fold-out stage and overhead shelter, elegant vertical columns that suggest a proscenium arch and storage for set pieces.

A “menu” of operatic specials du jour is offered for each performance. Audience members are invited to order up bite-size arias, duets, and ensemble pieces sung by singers from Portland Opera’s chorus, Resident Artists program, and guest artists.

Portland Opera To Go Hansel and Gretel open rehearsal | 1-2:30pm
The touring division of Portland Opera’s Education and Outreach Program hits the road this fall with an enchanting, family-friendly production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano will direct the 50-minute, English language revival.

Following the familiar fairytale, Hansel and Gretel find themselves lost in the woods after being banished from home for being naughty. After an afternoon of berry picking, they are hungry and tired, and fall asleep, only to wake to the greatest adventure of their lives. After gorging on a smorgasbord of sugary treats (courtesy of the resident Gobbling Witch) they find that they are next on the menu!

Audiences will get a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process of this production specially designed to introduce young audiences to opera.

Chorus Open Rehearsal | 3-5pm
The popular end-of-summer event offers Portlanders a look behind the scenes and a preview of what is to come. Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox will take the chorus through some of opera’s greatest choral hits including selections from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème and Turandot, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Georges Bizet’s Carmen. For anyone who has ever been curious about opera, the Chorus open rehearsal will provide a dynamic musical preview of what Portland Opera has in store for the community during 2017.

The Portland Opera Chorus is renowned for its musical and theatrical abilities. National and international reviews of Portland Opera productions consistently mention them as among the best choruses around. Audiences have enjoyed them in a wide variety of guises, costumed in everything from rags to royal raiment. All members of American Guild of Musical Artists, the Portland Opera Chorus can also be found in many different professional guises in businesses and organizations throughout our community.

OPERApalooza EVENT SCHEDULE – Sunday, September 18

12:30-2:30pm | Outside adjacent to the Tilikum Crossing plaza
Opera a la Cart performances

1-2:30pm | Inside the Portland Opera staging studio
Portland Opera To Go
Hansel and Gretel open rehearsal

3-5pm | Outside adjacent to the Tilikum Crossing plaza
Chorus Open Rehearsal

12:30-5pm | Inside the Portland Opera music studio and Costume Shop

  • Costumes and properties displays from recent and future productions
  • Photo opportunities
  • Subscriber Services
  • Costume Shop tours

Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street, Portland OR 97214
(East side of the Tilikum Crossing/off Water Ave, just south of OMSI)

Patrons are encouraged to travel by foot, bicycle, or public transit, utilizing the new OMSI stop for the Tri-Met Orange Line train, bus routes, and the Portland Streetcar CL Line. Parking is also available in the Portland Opera parking lot.

Opera a la Cart SPONSORS
Generous funding was provided by Oregon Cultural Trust | Opera America – Building Opera Audiences | Macy’s |
The Oregon Community Foundation.

Education Program SPONSORS

Autzen Foundation | NW Natural | PGE Foundation | Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust | The Standard | U.S. Bancorp Foundation | Wells Fargo | The Wheeler Foundation | Winderlea Vineyard & Winery                                                    

Portland Opera appreciates the continuing support of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Portland Opera is a member of OPERA AMERICA.

Portland Opera is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community, serving Oregon and SW Washington. Celebrating the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with productions of grand opera with two productions in the Keller Auditorium and two productions in the Newmark Theatre, the Company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout the region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.