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
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. 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.
Three Performances: St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Portland, July 16; Deertrees Theatre,Harrison, July 18; The Temple, Ocean Park, July 20.
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