January 11, 2018

Press Release: David Adam Moore in Schubert’s Song Cycle Winterreise

Fresh off of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, baritone and visual artist David Adam Moore performs Schubert’s Winterreise, bringing Schubert’s stunning song cycle to the Portland Opera stage for the first time. Based on 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, Winterreise (“Winter’s Journey”) follows a heartbroken poet on an existential trek across heavy snows and frozen creeks of a German winter. Moore stars in this visually striking production, which uses 3D projection mapping designed by the NYC-based multimedia art collective GLMMR, to fuse the worlds of fine art, photography, visual technology, and live performance. Portland Opera’s assistant conductor and chorus master Nicholas Fox joins Moore at the piano, Victoria (Vita) Tzykun designs costumes and scenery, and Maxwell Bowman designs the lighting.

“We wanted to take this powerful musical story out of the recital hall and into a multi-faceted performance format that offers the listener a chance to experience the work visually, dramatically, and musically, but while also preserving the cycle’s inherent intimacy and subtlety,” says Moore. “It incorporates video that we shot in various locations throughout the country, including Times Square, the Bonneville Salt Flats, a cheap hotel room in Houston, a blizzard in Brooklyn, and a graveyard in Des Moines. It is a constantly evolving project. After presentations in NYC, Atlanta, Anchorage, Houston, and Des Moines, we continue to introduce new elements of video, set, and costume design for each new audience that sees it. For the Portland production, we’ve designed an entirely new set and revised some of the video moments.”

Winterreise will be presented in the Gregory K. & Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center for the second annual Vino e Voce series where audiences can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine during the performance. Prior to each performance, audiences can enjoy a pre-show lecture with General Director Christopher Mattaliano and complimentary glass of wine from production sponsor Winderlea Vineyard and Winery. Performances will take place on February 9, 11(matinee), 13, 15, 17, 2018 and will be sung in German with projected English texts.

General admission tickets are available for $65. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.portlandopera.org/production/winterreise/.

Artist Profiles:

Performer and multimedia artist David Adam Moore made his Metropolitan Opera debut this season in the role of Col. Gomez in Adès’ The Exterminating Angel. A highly sought-after leading baritone, he has performed major roles with opera houses and orchestras worldwide, including Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Israeli Opera, New York City Opera, Bunkamura (Tokyo), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, LA Phil, Staatsoper Hannover, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra, and many others. His broadcast and recording credits include BBC, Arte television, PBS, NPR, Radio France, RAI, ORF, GPR, and Innova records. Upcoming seasons will bring debuts with Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires (Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire), L.A. Opera (Soldier Songs by David T. Little) and his projection design debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago (Faust).

A celebrated interpreter of contemporary music, he has created roles for some of today’s most important living composers, including Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, and David T. Little, while simultaneously garnering critical acclaim for his interpretations of opera, art song, and concert works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras – most notably Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Figaro (Barbiere), Billy Budd, Count Almaviva, and Carmina Burana.

Also known for his work as a multidisciplinary artist, Moore’s interactive video and sound work has been presented by the 92nd Y, National Sawdust, .NO Gallery, and the Guggenheim Museum, among others. He is a founding member of the NYC-based art collaborative GLMMR, whose opera productions and multimedia installations are being produced by opera companies and venues throughout the US, including San Diego Opera, Atlanta Opera, National Sawdust, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Moore makes his Portland Opera debut with this production, and returns this season as projection designer for Gounod’s Faust. For more information, visit https://www.davidadammoore.com.

Victoria (Vita) Tzykun [tsee-‘koon] has designed sets, costumes, and projections for companies such as The Bolshoi Theater (Russia), Norwegian Opera, Santa Fe Opera, LA Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Wexford Opera Festival (Ireland) among others. Her numerous film and tv credits include art direction for Lady Gaga’s ABC Thanksgiving Special, production design for several award winning feature films and shorts, and commercials for leading entities such as PBS, DirectTV, Axe, Bulova, and Qualcomm. Her recent projects include set design for the critically acclaimed world premiere of the (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera, costume design for the world premiere of Dinner At Eight at Minnesota Opera, and costume design for the Russian premiere of The Passenger at the Yekaterinburg State Theatre, and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. This season, Tzykun is also designing sets and costumes for Faust at Portland Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago in collaboration with the renowned sculptor and animator John Frame.

Tzykun is a founding member of GLMMR – an NYC-based interdisciplinary art collective that fuses the worlds of fine art, audiovisual technology, and live performance. Her work was recently showcased in a solo exhibition at the National Opera Center in New York, and in 2016, the International Opera Awards nominated her for Best Design. Tzykun makes her Portland Opera debut with this production. For more information, visit https://www.vitavision.net/.

A Los Angeles native, pianist Nicholas Fox began studying piano and composition at age 12 and was soon performing both music from the standard repertoire and his own compositions.  He gave numerous recitals in the Los Angeles area, and was a three-time gold medalist in the Southern California J.S. Bach festival.

Mr. Fox received his degree in orchestral conducting from the Mannes College of Music in New York, after receiving the Milani Memorial Conducting Fellowship, annually awarded to an outstanding student, in his final year of study. He soon became a much-in-demand coach, teacher, and conductor in the New York area, including three years on the music staff at New York City Opera, where he prepared productions of Hugo Weisgall’s Esther, Don Giovanni, Chabrier’s L’Étoile, Madame Butterfly, The Elixir of Love, the New York premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, La Traviata and Così fan tutte.

He was appointed assistant conductor and chorus master at Portland Opera in 2013, where he also performs in recital with the Resident Artist Program and hosts a popular series of opera previews. He made his mainstage debut with the company conducting The Elixir of Love in 2015, and has also conducted Songs of Love and War, and Così fan tutte in recent seasons.

Maxwell Bowman is a lighting and multimedia designer whose focus is on storytelling using emerging technologies and methods. His recent lighting design credits include On the Treshold of Winter for Victory Gardens-Chicago (lighting and projection design), Soldier Songs for the Atlanta Opera and San Diego Opera, and The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat for the Indianapolis Opera. His recent projection design credits include Ruggedly Jewish for Philadelphia Theatre Company’s National Tour, Kiss It, Make It Better for the New Ohio Theatre, Hear Be Dragons for National Sawdust, and All the Kids are Doing It for New Studio on Broadway (NYU). He is a frequent collaborator with Elaine McCarthy and recent Associate Projection Designer credits include work for the Houston Grand Opera, American Repertory Theater, and the Santa Fe Opera.  Bowman is a contributing member of GLMMR in the areas of Lighting Design and Technology Integration.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Bowman received his BFA from Southern Oregon University and MFA from Southern Methodist University. He is currently based in New York City. For more information, visit http://www.maxwellbowman.com/.

About Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift its audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality and is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community. We celebrate the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with four main stage performances each season. Our 2018 main stage opera season includes Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gounod’s Faust, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The Company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.



Silja Tobin, Marketing & Communications Manager
Portland Opera