Portland Opera Celebrates its 50th Season

Portland Opera will celebrate its 50th year with a five-opera 2014-15 season, one for each decade of its existence. As it did in its very first season a half century ago, Johann Strauss’ delightful Die Fledermaus, to be sung in English, will open the season with four performances in November.

In February 2015, perhaps the most popular opera in the entire repertory, George Bizet’s Carmen, will be featured on the Keller stage. Showcasing 20 seasons of Broadway productions for Portland Opera, May will bring the great Hammerstein/Kern Musical Show Boat to the Keller.

June will be another exciting month for Portland Opera. For the very first time in its history, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, the composer’s tribute to Mozart combining comedy and drama a la Don Giovanni, will receive three showings. This opera, too, will be sung in English. Moreover, running concurrently with the opera there will be an exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and designs by the renowned artist, David Hockney. It was he who designed the sets and costumes for this opera.

The fifth opera of this fabulous season will take place in July (with one performance on August 1). Donizetti’s beautiful, light-hearted Elixir of Love will have six performances at the Newmark Theater with the Portland Opera Resident Artists singing all the leading roles.

If you have not yet renewed or ordered a subscription for the 2014-15 50th anniversary season, you can do so now by calling Portland Opera at 503-241-1802 or going online to www.portlandopera.org. Don’t wait till all the best seats are gone!