July 3, 2015

Press Release: Street Fair Celebration and Simulcast on August 1st

Portland Opera’s 50th anniversary season concludes with a community-wide celebration featuring a Street Fair and free simulcast on August 1, 2015.

To coincide with its last performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love taking place in the Newmark Theatre, Portland Opera is hosting a day-long Street Fair on SW Main Street between the Antoinette Hatfield Hall and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Festivities will include family-friendly activities, Portland Opera To Go performances, a live band, and a free simulcast. The Elixir of Love will be sung in Italian with supertitles projected in English.

“We saved the best for last,” says Portland Opera’s General Director Christopher Mattaliano of the Street Fair and of Donizetti’s beloved bel canto work, The Elixir of Love. “With this celebration, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of the volunteers, donors, patrons, artists, board members, and staff–both past and present–who have given so generously to make Portland Opera into one of the leading regional opera companies in the United States.”

Portland Opera’s Street Fair and simulcast are the finale in a year of programs that included five main stage productions, a new bilingual production of The Barber of Seville for the annual Portland Opera To Go education and outreach tour, the 20th anniversary of the Broadway Across America series, the 10th anniversary of the Resident Artist program, the fifth anniversary of the free Open Chorus rehearsal in Director Park, a new film series, workshops, public lectures, and more.

STREET FAIR EVENT TIMELINE

Noon-10:00pm | SW Main St. between the Antoinette Hatfield Hall and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Free

Noon-1pm 
Children’s Activities
Crafts, face painting, and selfies in front of the Wells Fargo stage coach

1-1:50pm
Opera Improv Performance
Help create a “mini-opera” in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format. Lively, informative, interactive, unexpected—and most of all—fun!

2-3pm
Children’s Activities
Crafts, face painting, and selfies in front of the Wells Fargo stage coach

3-3:50pm
Opera Improv Performance
Help create a “mini-opera” in a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format. Lively, informative, interactive, unexpected—and most of all—fun!

4-5pm
Children’s Activities
Crafts, face painting, and selfies in front of the Wells Fargo stage coach

5:30-6:45pm
Live Band: Will West and the Friendly Strangers
In a nod to the Wild West setting of Portland Opera’s production The Elixir of Love, Portland bluegrass band Will West and the Friendly Strangers will set the tone for the night with a performance that will transition the outdoor festivities from Street Fair to simulcast.

7:30pm 
Simulcast
The Elixir of Love, Gaetano Donizetti
The cowpoke Nemorino goes from doormat to dreamboat and wins the hand of high-falutin’ Adina, thanks to a double dose of Dr. Dulcamara’s 40-proof love potion. The Elixir of Love will be set in the American Wild West of the 1880s, a delightfully inventive and uniquely appropriate locale for the action.

Thank you to our sponsors
Support for The Elixir of Love is provided by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, RACC, Work for Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the Collins Foundation. The Street Fair celebration is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

PORTLAND OPERA
Gaetano Donizetti       
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
July 17, 19, 23, 25 & 30; August 1

TICKET INFORMATION

The final production in Portland Opera’s 50th anniversary season, Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love, will be staged in the intimate, 880-seat Newmark Theatre. 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).

RUSH TICKETS:

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