PORTopera Newsletter

January 19, 2010

PORTopera Receives $5,000 Grant from Rines/Thompson Fund of Maine Community Foundation

PORTopera is pleased to announce a grant of $5000 from the Rines/Thompson Fund of Maine Community Foundation in support of our 2010 production of Hansel and Grete “We are thrilled to have the support of the Rines/Thompson Fund of Maine Community Foundation,” said Don Head, president of PORTopera. “With its multinational Children’s Chorus, our production of Hansel and Gretel will have a unique take on the familiar story. PORTopera intends to use this production as a means of strengthening the diverse Portland community through the arts.” Now entering its 16th year, PORTopera was founded to bring the people of Maine great operatic masterpieces in productions that are lively, beautiful and important locally, regionally and nationally. Hansel and Gretel, which will be sung in English, will be presented at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Thursday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. A limited number of seats will be offered to young people 12 and under at 25% off regular prices. To order call PortTix at 207-842-0800 or visit www.porttix.com. For 25 years the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine through grants and scholarships. For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

Sweethearts Serenade

Please join us for an
evening of delightful music…

Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

You are invited to an evening of food, drink and song with internationally acclaimed singers John McVeigh and Lisa Saffer, accompanied by Kathleen Scott. A Sweethearts Serenade will be held Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Maine Bank & Trust, 467 Congress Street, Portland. The cost is $65 per person. Proceeds from the serenade will go to support PORTopera's 2010 production of Hansel and Gretel.

Please call 207-879-7678 or email for more information.

About Lisa Saffer and John McVeigh

Lisa Saffer

Lisa Saffer

Due to her supreme musicality, stellar dramatic instincts, and solid vocal technique, American soprano Lisa Saffer is in demand worldwide for opera roles as diverse as Berg’s Lulu and Handel’s Cleopatra. Her concert work has taken her to virtually all of the leading American orchestras and she also appears throughout Europe. On the concert stage Ms. Saffer is particularly in demand for the works of Oliver Knussen. She is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award, London’s equivalent of New York’s Tony Award.

Read more about Lisa Saffer here: www.collagenewmusic.org/saffer.html

John McVeigh

John McVeigh

John McVeigh, tenor, has appeared throughout the state with several music organizations. His career however, is international and includes appearances with leading opera houses in this country and Europe. His long list of credits include the roles performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand opera, Opéra de Montepellier, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, the Teatro Real, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Omaha, San Diego Opera, and Opera Carolina.

An accomplished presence on the concert stage, Mr. McVeigh has performed with many of the leading symphonies (including the Portland Symphony Orchestra) and other ensembles in this country and Europe.

Read more about John McVeigh here: www.guybarzilayartists.com/artist.asp?ID=85