I know nothing about opera. Scratch that, outside of having the Frozen soundtrack on heavy rotation in the family-mobile, I know nothing about opera. The lovely Sabrina asked me if I wanted to go on a mommy and preschooler outing with our kids to the Portland Opera To Go’s production of The Barber of Seville.
As one of Puccini’s most well loved operas, Tosca is a headlong journey along the full scale of human emotion, covering love, jealousy, violence, and humor. It’s difficult to imagine one production spanning this entire spectrum, but at over two and a half hours, Tosca delivers a wild roller coaster ride.
Taking place after the French Revolution, Tosca is a thriller of sensual obsession set against a background of political corruption in 1800s Rome.
Portland Opera’s 2012/13 Season — Larger Than Life — gets into full swing with Mozart’s most powerful opera, Don Giovanni.
Portland Opera’s 48th Season begins once again on a spectacular note with a jam-packed evening the audience won’t soon forget. Last season, BIG NIGHT, the Company’s first ever concert of opera’s greatest hits and the free simulcast outdoors exceeded all expectations. A hit with both the audience inside Keller Auditorium and the hundreds sitting out watching the concert simulcast on huge screen hung on the front of the building; it was a big night in many ways. The season’s concert will again feature all that is big and beloved in opera—the hits, the voices, the choruses, the orchestra.
Imagine a version of Cinderella where the setting is 1964, the ball is prom, the dance moves are the Twist and the Mashed Potato (“It’s the latest/It’s the greatest”), and Cinderella goes by “Cindy.” Choreographers Donna Marisa and Hannah Bontrager have. The mother-daughter team directs the Eugene-based contemporary ballet company Ballet Fantastique, and will bring their critically acclaimed Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet to the Lincoln Performance Hall Sunday, August 5 at 4 pm. The all-original production recently sold out its run at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts and earned consecutive standing ovations.
This season the work of American composer Philip Glass returns to Portland Opera with GALILEO GALILEI. Glass made a significant impact on Portland Opera in 2009 when the west coast premiere of Glass’ opera Orphée became the Company’s first-ever commercial recording.
The perfect opera. What makes the perfect opera for someone like me who doesn’t know a whole lot about it? Is it the sets, the costumes, the singing, the technique, the language, the characters & story? Of course ultimately, it’s about how they all fit together. For me, it’s more than that; it’s about how […]