Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal for a G-Pass to see Portland Opera’s Big Night at Keller Auditorium. For $38, you get one G-Pass for seating in the rear orchestra, mostly in sections B, C, and D on Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. (up to an $86 value, including fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Portland Opera fires the starting pistol for its 48th season at the second annual Big Night concert and gala, where three premier soloists take center stage to blow away audiences with their muscular windpipes. Backed by the dynamic soundscapes of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Portland Opera Chorus, the cast of powerful singers shatters monocles as it belts out grand numbers composed by the likes of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and other classical legends. As conductor George Manahan leads the piercing strings and booming brass sections, vocalist Jennifer Forni demonstrates why the Washington Post praised her "warm, gleaming lyric soprano," and why she's slated to debut at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center this upcoming spring. Rounding out the trio are tenor Jonathan Boyd and baritone Michael Todd Simpson, both of whom recently lent their low-register croons to productions in Europe, Asia, and South America.
Before the show, a Street Fair warms up opera fans with musical surprises that may include a demonstration on how to simultaneously sing and cry. After the show, guests can stick around for a showing of the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera. The concert and gala benefits Portland Opera's education and outreach programs, which aims to bring opera to children and to communities underserved in the arts.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.
Portland Opera has always set its collective eyes on the horizon. Since filling the gaps left by touring troupes and sporadically performing local companies in 1964, it has endeavored to expand the art form on the stage and beyond. Twenty years after its inception, it became just the second company in the US to project English translations of foreign lyrics above the stage, enabling audiences to leave their Italian dictionaries at home. The company also pushes the boundaries of the shows themselves, staging world premiers of classic stories such as Wuthering Heights, commissioning the work Lucy's Lapses, and producing the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Orphée. Not to be contained within one performance space, it also established Portland Opera To Go, a touring division that performs works such as Cinderella and La Bohème at schools and community centers.