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Portland Opera 50th Aniversary Season Casting Update

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Portland Opera 50th Anniversary Season Casting Expands to Include National Talent, Company Debuts, and Returning Favorites

                               

General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced additional casting for the company’s upcoming 50th ANNIVERSARY SEASON, which opens on November 7 with the operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. “Today’s announcement reflects three important aspects of the company’s artistic profile,” said Mattaliano. “They are the Opera’s ability to attract first-rate performers on a national basis, the growth of our Resident Artists program, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in the upcoming season, and the depth of talent in the Portland area.”

 

Bass Arthur Woodley returns to Portland Opera as Joe in Show Boat. Woodley’s most recent credits include The Tales of Hoffmann with the Seattle Opera and the world premiere of Champion at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has a distinguished history with the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess, performing it in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and National Symphony and onstage with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Bregenz Festival and the Savonlinna International Festival, among many others.

 

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

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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 RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL BARITONE ALEXANDER ELLIOTT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

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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

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

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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.