Portland, September 24th. The Portland Opera’s 47th season started on a high note with a star-studded first: the concert was simulcast live on a 20 x 40 foot screen hung on the Keller Auditorium. Outside, merrymakers celebrated free world-class entertainment under the stars. (Photo credit, Portland Opera/Cory Weaver)

Keller Fountian glowing as opera music flows

Ira Keller Fountain glowing as opera music flows

 

Nicholas Nelson, Caitlin Mathes, Roger Honeywell, Maria Kanyova, George Manahan (Conductor), Andre Chiang, Lindsay Ohse, and Brendan Tuohy with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Nicholas Nelson, Caitlin Mathes, Roger Honeywell, Maria Kanyova, George Manahan (Conductor), Andre Chiang, Lindsay Ohse, and Brendan Tuohy with the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Inside, Portland Opera fans reveled in the classical favorites. “We’re pulling out all the stops for an evening of unabashed Opera celebration,” said Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano. The evening featured a mix of favorite opera arias, duets, choruses and orchestral pieces.  All proceeds from the benefit concert were earmarked for the Portland Opera’s education programs which, Christopher Mattaliano explains, “are among the best in the nation and a great source of pride for us and our community.”

Portland Mayor, Sam Adams and Portland Opera General Director, Christopher Mattaliano.

Portland Mayor, Sam Adams and Portland Opera General Director, Christopher Mattaliano.

The Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

The Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Portland Opera's Big Night

Portland Opera's Big Night

Now that the Portland Opera is off to a running start, musicians are looking forward to a season featuring a wide variety of composers. The beloved organization promises to provide exciting entertainment for all musical tastes.

Scheduled performances include:

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
November 4, 6m, 10, 12, 2011

MADAME BUTTERFLY
Giacomo Puccini
February 3, 5m, 9, 11, 2012
Portland Opera Production

GALILEO GALILEI
Philip Glass
March 30, April 1m, 3, 5, 7, 2012
Newmark Theatre
All-new Production
West Coast and Portland Opera Premiere

CANDIDE
Leonard Bernstein
May 1 1, 13m, 17, 1 9, 2012

The Portland Opera website is: www.portlandopera.org

 

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