Murmurs: 501(c)3s Weigh in on Ballot Measures, OEA Opposes Parents on Compacts

We are the 47 Percent.


Murmurs
It’s rare for charitable groups to make political contributions—federal law discourages them from converting donations (deductible to the giver) into political cash. But a couple of local 50   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Galileo Galilei (Portland Opera)

And yet it moves—backward.


Theater
Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Review: Portland Opera, "The Marriage of Figaro"

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Arts & Books
The brilliance of The Marriage of Figaro lies in its cheery dramatization of serious political conflicts in the guise of a Shakespearean bedroom farce. In Portland Opera's production of Mozart and da Ponte’s proto-feminist classic, when the bed is front and center, cheeky sex comedy hijinks dominate. Suitors skulk in, under and around it. When the action shifts elsewhere, class and gender issues ...   More
 
Monday, November 7, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Opera Is Blooming in Portland

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Arts & Books
Spring is the season of renewal, and this one has brought a fresh wave of youthful artistic energy to Portland stages in what’s paradoxically one of the most old fashioned artistic forms—opera. ---The first blossoms appeared at the Newmark Theater, where Portland Opera’s annual Studio Artists show represents the culmination of a nine-month training program for 20-something singers from some of ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Ravel: in Comic Form

Cartoonists tackle L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les Sortileges

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Arts & Books
Not widely publicized outside the niche worlds of Portland's comic drawing and opera going communities, every time Portland Opera debuts a new show, the company invites local cartoonists to one of the final dress rehearsals to sketch the performance. It's a bit of a gimmick, but hey: opera comics! And much of the work is very good, offering a fresh perspective on an art not typically known for ...   More
 
Saturday, April 2, 2011 RUTH BROWN

LIVE REVIEW: Portland Opera, Trouble in Tahiti


Arts & Books
Yoking vastly different operas on a single playbill was a gamble, but it paid off. For its annual studio production, Portland Opera has programmed a show in two halves. Before intermission: Monteverdi. After: Bernstein. Wait. What? That's right. No typo. Monteverdi, get up, stretch your legs, Bernstein. Just to give you some idea how big a stretch that is: Monteverdi wrote Renaissance madrigals ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

EXTENDED REVIEW: Portland Opera, Pagliacci / Carmina Burana


Arts & Books
Murderous clowns never sounded so good. The curtain goes up. Onstage, in bright lights, lie two dead or nearly dead bodies, a woman in clown paint and a young man in plain clothes. Nearby sits the jealous husband who has stabbed them. The townspeople are poised to apprehend him, but at this moment, for some reason, they are frozen like a photograph, a tableau of horror and outrage. All at once, ...   More
 
Monday, October 4, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

Portland Opera Scores Philip Glass Record


News
The contracts aren't yet signed, and the legal beagles have yet to complete their sniffing and gnawing, but it seems highly probable that Portland Opera is about to make its first-ever recording -- and it's a big one. At an interview this morning, Opera spokeswoman Julia Sheridan and composer Philip Glass announced plans for Glass's record label, Orange Mountain Music, to release the first recording ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Hell Of An Opera: Portland Opera's Orphée


News
Of the six Philip Glass operas I've seen live, 1993's Orphée is the most conventional in structure, in part because Glass derived the story from Jean Cocteau's screenplay for his celebrated 1949 film. Most of Glass' other stage work, especially the legendary Einstein on the Beach and other operas with director/genius Robert Wilson, have eschewed straight narrative for more abstract or suggestive ...   More
 
Monday, November 9, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

EXTENDED REVIEW: Portland Opera, Così fan Tutte


News
Don Alfonso: What palaver. I thought I was in an opera. A pair of Albanian princes with fake mustaches slink onstage toward the apprehensive young ladies. Wearing embroidered silk smoking jackets in a riot of Oriental colors, they recall SNL's Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, just a couple of wild and crazy guys, crooning come-ons as they creep closer, crotch first. Ferrando (Ryan MacPherson) ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

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