La Boheme 2013

Together again: Israel Gursky and Dona D. Vaughn with a stellar cast of proven performers!

“A beautiful musical experience you will never forget.”

- Suzanne Nance, Maine Public Radio

Israel Gursky

Israel Gursky Conductor
We are delighted to welcome back Maestro Israel Gursky (Roméo et Juliet, Hansel and Gretel). A rising star, an envied collaborator with Plácido Domingo, Maestro Gursky made his Lincoln Center debut last fall with a concert performance of Montemezzi’s La Nave. More:

“...Gursky took the opening measures of the overture at warp speed...the net effect of Gursky’s propulsive but eloquently contoured and rubato-sensitive approach to the score yielded consistently persuasive results.”


“A gifted young conductor whose quiet command drew lush, beautiful sounds from the pit. Tempos were brisk, and lines were shaped exquisitely...”


Dona D Vaughn

Dona D. Vaughn Artistic Director
In her tenth year as PORTopera’s Artistic Director, Dona D. Vaughn’s wonderful creativity and inventiveness will be in full display as she transports La Bohème through time to a brighter, more vibrant Paris of 1909. Ms. Vaughn’s motif moderne and deft touch will give this Bohème a distinctive, fresh sparkle.

“PORTopera’s artistic director Dona D. Vaughn elicited from her talented cast striking and nuanced performances rooted in the reality of each character’s emotional life.”


Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson as Mimi
From the world-renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Prize winner, Michelle Johnson is one of modern opera’s beautiful people. Praised for “flawless articulation, her voice is velvety and pliant — a dulcet dream.” More:

“…a clear audience favorite…who brought gleaming sound to the meltingly lyrical aria…Ms. Johnson seems to have the vocal goods as well as star power.”


Jeff GwaltneyJeff Gwaltney as Rodolfo
When the opera world describes this young American tenor they speak in terms of his thrilling vocal potential, his fine musical instincts, and his convincing dramatic presence. A mainstay at Washington National Opera, Mr. Gwaltney’s PORTopera debut promises to be exceptional.

“[Jeff Gwaltney’s] singing is magnificent…[an] impressive Scottish Opera debut.”


Alyson CambridgeAlyson Cambridge as Musetta
With the Met, the Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Beijing, Alyson Cambridge’s rich, warm soprano and striking stage presence have brought her over a decade of stardom and success. Our Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, she could well be the perfect Musetta. More:

“Radiant, vocally assured, dramatically subtle and compelling, and artistically imaginative.”


“A dynamic soprano with unlimited potential. Vocally, her solos are unparalleled.”


Edward ParksEdward Parks as Marcello
Our Sharpless in last year’s Madama Butterfly, Edward Parks’ powerful baritone is becoming a familiar voice at PORTopera. Mr. Parks was recently back with the Metropolitan Opera in its 2012 production of La Rondine and also debuted with the Atlanta Symphony in a performance of the Duruflé Requiem. More:

“Edward Parks, a talented young baritone, sang like a man who had had his heart broken during a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe.”


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