Portland SummerFest Presents Opera in the Park 2013
Join Us For Opera In The ParkJoin us this year for free performances of Otello on Friday, August 2nd at 6 pm at the Washington Park Amphitheater, next to the Rose Gardens, and on Sunday, August 4th at 6 pm on the Concordia University Campus Green in NE Portland.
Opera in the Park has brought free opera to more than 30,000 Oregonians since the first performance of The Barber of Seville in 2003. It draws among the largest crowds of the Washington Park Summer Concert series. In 2011 Carmen, featuring Stacey Rishoi as Carmen and Daniel Snyder as Don José, played to record crowds. In 2010, more than 5,500 people attended the two performances of Il Trovatore, featuring Metropolitan Opera singers Angela Meade in her debut as Leonora, and Richard Zeller as Il Conte di Luna.
Opera in the Park attracts audiences of all ages and backgrounds who attend performances to enjoy this unique contribution to the cultural life of Portland. Presented in concert format with full orchestra and lively narration, these concerts have introduced thousands of Portlanders to the world of opera and been avidly attended by a growing number of loyal fans.
This year promises to be a memorable production with full chorus and orchestra led by Maestro Keith Clark and a stellar cast featuring internationally known tenor Allan Glassman as Otello, and Oregon native and Metropolitan Opera baritone Richard Zeller as Iago. The role of Desdemona will be sung by Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Meade, a Centralia, Washington native who sang for us in 2010, and brought record crowds to the performances. Rounding out the cast will be John Matthew Myers as Cassio, and Portland’s own Angela Niederloh as Emilia.
Opera in the Park is free to all. The audience atmosphere is informal and welcoming. Picnics and families are welcome!
If you would like to help support free Opera in the Park with a tax-deductible donation, visit our Support SummerFest page. Donations, both large and small, are appreciated.