News & Announcements

PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL: SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST RECITAL

SOPRANO NICOLE HASLETT AND PIANIST NICHOLAS FOX

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00pm | Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera presents soprano NICOLE HASLETT in her first recital as a Portland Opera Resident Artist on October 1, 2013 at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. This is the first recital of the 2013/14 Season in Portland Opera’s free series that Oregon Arts Watch called “cause for optimism about classical music’s future. ” Ms. Haslett will present a program that explores three hundred years of songs for solo voice and piano, from Henry Purcell’s delicate baroque works to Dominick Argento’s modern and playful Six Elizabethan Songs. This is a unique opportunity to see an emerging star in an intimate setting. “There are no bells and whistles, costumes, or orchestra,” said Ms. Haslett, “just a chance to experience the music simply and meaningfully.”


“This Recital Series is a very important component of the program, both for the singers and for our audience,” said Portland Opera’s Director of Artistic Operations Clare Burovac. “The combination of solo voice and piano presents a distinct set of challenges to the performers and allows our audience to get to know these singers in a way that is uniquely personal, and also quite different from their presentations on the Keller and Newmark stages.”

PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.


PORTLAND OPERA TAKES THEIR CELEBRATED 55-VOICE CHORUS TO DOWNTOWN PORTLAND


A SNEAK PEEK INTO A RIGOROUS REHEARSAL PROCESS


THE FIRST CHANCE TO SEE NEWLY APPOINTED CHORUS MASTER
NICHOLAS FOX IN ACTION


Sunday, September 15, 3-5pm | Director Park
(Between SW Taylor & Yamhill and 9th & Park)


(Portland, OR) – Portland Opera invites the public to its fourth annual free Open Chorus Rehearsal at Director Park in downtown Portland on Sunday, September 15 at 3pm, an unfettered sneak peek at how the “exquisite” Portland Opera Chorus (Opera News) prepares for performance. “We aim to make opera available to everyone in Portland, and this is a great opportunity for us to share what we do with the city in a completely casual environment,” says Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “Hearing 55 operatic voices together is an almost indescribable, absolutely visceral experience, and what better venue than Director Park for our fellow Portlanders to watch and hear these talented singers up close as they rehearse works by some of the greatest opera composers? It strikes me as an ideal way for anyone who has always been curious about opera to get a taste for this astonishing music.”

PORTLAND OPERA WELCOMES FOUR NEW RISING STARS TO THE PORTLAND OPERA RESIDENT ARTIST PROGRAM.


SELECTED FROM AN INTERNATIONAL POOL OF OVER 400 APPLICANTS.


HAILED AS A “CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC’S FUTURE.”

 

Soprano Nicole HaslettMezzo soprano Melissa FajardoTenor Ian José Ramirez Alexander Elliott

 

(Portland, Ore) — Portland Opera is thrilled to welcome four new singers to the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program for the 2013/14 Season, now in its ninth year. Soprano NICOLE HASLETT, mezzo soprano MELISSA FAJARDO, tenor IAN JOSÉ RAMIREZ, and baritone ALEXANDER ELLIOTT will make their debuts at Portland Opera’s season opener, the Big Night Concert conducted by Portland Opera Music Director George Manahan,this September 21, 2013 at 7:30pm at Keller Auditorium.


Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program serves as a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage. These young artists are selected from an international pool of more than four hundred applicants to spend nine months in Portland, performing with Portland Opera and studying with leading professionals in the field.

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH THE 'BIG NIGHT CONCERT'

PORTLAND OPERA OPENS ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH
 

 

A CONCERT TO BENEFIT PORTLAND OPERA’S
EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS


“A LAVISH PROGRAM OF OPERATIC GREATEST HITS” INCLUDING “NESSUN DORMA,” “VISSI D’ARTE,” AND “HABANERA” FROM CARMEN

 

MARKING SEVERAL IMPORTANT PORTLAND OPERA DEBUTS

 

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 PM | Keller Auditorium

 

(Portland, Ore.) — Portland Opera's 49th Season kicks off with the annual Big Night Concert on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Keller Auditorium, 7:30pm.

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Emily Stevens, 503-417-0569.

DOWNLOAD: this press release as a .pdf here.

 


 

PORTLAND OPERA ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS FOX AS ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND CHORUS MASTER

PRAISED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR GEORGE MANAHAN FOR HIS “MAGISTERIAL PREPARATION OF THE CHORUS”

 

(Portland, Ore.) – After an extensive national search, Portland Opera is pleased to announce Nicholas Fox will join Portland Opera’s artistic staff as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master starting with the 2013/14 Season. “Mr. Fox comes to Portland Opera with a wealth of experience from internationally renowned classical music organizations such as New York City Opera, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, and Deutsche Oper Berlin,” said General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “I’m confident his musical knowledge and expertise as a pianist and conductor will be an asset to our chorus, orchestra, and resident artist program. We are thrilled to have him onboard!”


Mr. Fox was engaged by Portland Opera this past May to serve as guest Chorus Master for Falstaff, receiving accolades from Portland Opera patrons and staff, as well as glorious critical acclaim. Oregon Music News made special mention of the “outstanding chorus, prepared expertly by Nicholas Fox,” in a production The Oregonian noted as “the strongest show the company has presented in years.”


“I was impressed by Nicholas Fox’s magisterial preparation of the chorus,” said Portland Opera’s Music Director George Manahan. “His ability to elicit the very best from singers and instrumentalists is truly extraordinary, and he will be a terrific addition to the Portland Opera family.”