Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Announcing Portland Opera's 45th Season

Christopher Mattaliano, general director of Portland Opera, recently announced the lineup for its 45th season, which has the theme of "Love and Marriage." The most anticipated opera next season will be west coast premiere of "Orphée" by Philip Glass. This new opera, written in 1993, is based on French film maker Jean Cocteau’s fascinating 1949 retelling of the Orpheus myth.

Also on tap for the main stage (Keller Auditorium) are Puccini’s "La Bohème," Mozart’s "Così fan tutte," and Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville." Of special note to Portlanders is the engagement of Angela Niederloh as Dorabella in "Cosi fan tutte."

In addition, under Mattaliano, Portland Opera has developed a very successful young artists program and those artists will perform Bernstein’s "Trouble in Tahiti" and two rarely done Monteverdi works at the Newmark Theatre. The Monteverdi works are and "Il Ballo delle Ingrate" ("The Dance of the Ungrateful Women")and "Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" ("The Battle of Tancredi and Clorinda")

For more information about the shows, including dates and casts, click here.

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