Introducing PORTopera's 21st Season!
At Portland's Merrill Auditorium - one performance only!

Three Puccini operas rank in the top ten. Madama Butterfly (8th), La bohéme (4th), and splitting the difference, at number six, the incomparable Tosca.

But Tosca has a distinct difference. Tosca is a box-office thriller – as if Alfred Hitchcock had staged the untameable diva. She is insanely jealous, intensely combative, and at every turn, a woman ferociously struggling to control her own destiny.

And pulling her harrowing story through the score, Puccini is, once again at his top-ten best – touching the senses again and again from Tosca’s exquisite "Vissi d'arte" (I Lived For Art) to Scarpia’s dark-hearted "Va, Tosca" (Run, Tosca) to Cavaradossi’s moving lament, as he awaits execution, "E lucevan le stelle" (And The Stars Shined).

Prepare yourself for a thrilling evening of music and song.

Conductor Stephen Lord, Director Dona D. Vaughn

An Original PORTopera Production

Featuring PORTopera Orchestra, PORTopera Chorus and Children's Chorus with the Kotzschmar Organ

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July 30, 7:30 P.M. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland


We invite you to join us at this year’s PORTopera Gala

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Time: 6 pm – 10:30 pm
Place: Westin Portland Harborview Hotel

PORTopera’s Gala will return to the elegant Westin Portland Harborview Hotel. This is going to be a great party! In addition to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a live auction, and formal dinner, our glittering evening will also feature a dynamic centerpiece concert of arias performed by PORTopera Young Artist alumni, all of whom are experiencing highly successful professional lives on national stages and beyond.

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PORTopera's Young Artists Presentations

PORTopera presents Trouble In Tahiti by New England’s own Leonard Bernstein! A truly American opera, Trouble is the story of Sam and Dinah, a couple in suburbia who, despite the gilded cheeriness of the 1950s, live lives of not-so-quiet desperation. Bernstein built this opera brilliantly — symmetrically — contrasting Sam and Dinah’s alternating solos, pigeon-holing their husband-father-breadwinner/wife-mother-homemaker stereotypes. Their three, emotional duets, at the opening, middle, and closing, give a purposeful structure to the little-white-house suburban drama. And “The Trio,” Bernstein called them a Greek chorus born of a radio commercial, trowel on the frosting to the candied cultural veneer. Best of all Bernstein borrows the sonic architecture of the 50s for the score, which is a wonderful mixture of softened bebop, cool jazz, Mitch Miller pop, TV soundtracks, and Broadway themes. With a run time of about 45 minutes, Trouble In Tahiti crams a house load of fifties tropes, themes, accusations, observations, and then some into this oddly endearing artistic statement.

Timothy Steele, Music Director; Richard Gammon, Director

Thursday, July 16 - St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland 7:30
Saturday, July 18 - DeertreesTheater, Harrison, 7:30
Monday July 20 - The Temple in Ocean Park, 7:30

Cast and details to come!


Save the Dates for These Other Great Events!

Sunday, May 3, 4-6PM - Serenade at the Kennebunkport home of Tom Jordan and Carl Gatto

Monday, July 27 - Opera at the Mansion, Victoria Mansion Portland

More details and other events to come

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