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Rigoletto 2014

You will rarely see opera of this caliber in Maine or elsewhere. The performers will astound you. The evening will captivate you. But it is Verdi who will command your rapt attention through it all.



“I feel that there are some sort of biorhythms in all of us that Verdi understood the key to. He knew the soundtrack to heartbeats.”

- William Berger


Stephen Lord

Stephen Lord Conductor
One of only four conductors chosen by Opera News for its “25 Most Powerful Names in U.S. Opera,” Maestro Stephen Lord has led orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, and overseas. We last enjoyed his brilliant artistry for Madama Butterfly in 2012, and we are thrilled to have him back this year.

“Stephen Lord conducted an ideally paced interpretation, eliciting taut, vivid and expressive playing from the Juilliard Orchestra.”

- OPERA NEWS



Dona D Vaughn

Dona D. Vaughn Artistic Director
The adventurous director of opera programs at the Manhattan School of Music, now in her eleventh year as PORTopera’s Artistic Director, Dona D. Vaughn has several surprises waiting in the wings for this year’s production of Rigoletto. Be prepared for a razor-sharp and steely cool cutting edge as she weaves an eerie tableau for Verdi’s dark classic.

“PORTopera’s La Bohème proved that the familiar can be both fresh and remarkably moving in the right hands. Those hands belong to PORT’s artistic director, Dona D. Vaughn, whose stylish, sensitive staging created an intimate world for this perennial favorite.”

- OPERA NEWS



Weston HurtWeston Hurt as Rigoletto
Whether at Carnegie Hall or on tour in South America, Weston Hurt’s crushing baritone excels at captivating audiences and the resounding ovations he receives are a testament to his breathtaking talent. Mr. Hurt was Peter in our 2010 production of Hansel and Gretel, and we’re delighted to welcome him back to Maine to infuse Rigoletto with his passion.

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“His sound was beautifully clear and focused, with golden tints, and his approach to text was almost casually conversational, making what is actually a rare skill look easy.”

- OPERA TIMES

“Outstanding.”

- BOSTON GLOBE



Jeff GwaltneyHae Ji Chang as Gilda
Last year marked Korean soprano Hae Ji Chang’s debut appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Liù in Turandot. And having also sung Euridice under his baton in Orfeo ed Euridice with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, Ms. Chang is a particular favorite of PORTopera Maestro Stephen Lord.

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“... a voice full of silvery color and nuance.”

- BOSTON GLOBE



Alyson CambridgeAnthony Kalil as The Duke
In 2012 he was named to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. This season he debuted at the Met as The Young Man in Die Frau Ohne Schatten and appeared in the I Sing Beijing program in Beijing. Anthony Kalil has lent his glorious tenor voice to the Mantuan rake before – and his experience will show.

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“Anthony Kalil, who sang Cellini, has it in him to be an excellent tenor.”

- Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES



Soloman HowardSoloman Howard as Sparafucile
Currently a member of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman Howard is garnering superlatives from the press for his vivid performances on the opera and concert stages.

MORE: http://imgartists.com/artist/soloman_howard

“Howard has a superhuman ability to reach low, and then lower still, while maintaining a rich and bright tone to his voice. As his notes dropped on stage, jaws dropped in the audience. It carried the night…”

- THE DENVER POST



Christin Marie HillChristin-Marie Hill as Maddelena
The young American mezzo-soprano Christin-Marie Hill is captivating audiences and critics alike with her thrilling performances. Most recently she was a soloist in Verdi’s REQUIEM with the Arkanas Symphony, sang Mrs. Miller in Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera DOUBT in NY, covered the role for the opera's world premiere at Minnesota Opera, and made her debut as Amneris with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra at the Stadthalle in Bayreuth, Germany.

MORE: http://wolfsbauer-artists.com/front/mezzos/christin-marie-hill-dramatic-mezzo-soprano/

“... a powerful, warm-hued mezzo-soprano”

- NEW YORK TIMES

“... majestic in voice and appearance...”

- BOSTON GLOBE


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