Kate Aldrich, May 13, 2017

Serenades and Concerts

Hearing operatic voices in intimate spaces is a special experience! Four times a year, Opera Maine supporters graciously host a “Serenade” in their homes or other special venues. Opera lovers enjoy short concerts by Opera Maine singers, socialize with other opera fans, and partake of delicious food and drink. Serenades are also a wonderful way to be introduced to opera for the first time!

A Serenade at “Home Harbor”
Hosted by Sarah Newick

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 4-6 p.m.

Join fellow opera fans at this charming home for libations, hors d’oeuvres, and a concert by mezzo-soprano Hongni Wu, accompanied by Scott Wheatley
* Special raffle! $20/chance to win $500 gift certificate from Dino International Furs. (Drawing will occur at Serenade.)
$60 per person
Call now to reserve, space is limited (207) 879-7678
Directions provided with reservation

An Octagonal Serenade
Sunday, September 10, 3:00 p.m.
$60 –  Call (207) 879-7678 for more details and to reserve tickets.                                                              Join fellow opera lovers at this stunning historic octagon house on the Saco River in Limington! Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served as you enjoy a performance by baritone Robert Mellon.






featuring Opera Maine’s Studio Artist Program
Thursday, June 29 6:30 p.m.
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
$20 by calling the Portland Museum of Art at (207) 775-6148 
We’re thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with Portland Museum of Art to present this special summer engagement. Up-and-coming baritone Andrew Pardini and music director Timothy Steele from the company’s prestigious Studio Artist Program present repertoire spanning classical, musical theatre, and jazz, in response to works from the PMA collection.

Saturday, May 13, 2017:
KATE ALDRICH In concert. 7:30 p.m. Opera Maine is proud to present Kate Aldrich, mezzo-soprano, who has performed in leading opera houses throughout the world including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Opera, and many, many more, including our own Opera Maine!  Kate returns to Maine for this special concert that is not to be missed.  Martin Perry, accompanist. All guests are invited to a reception to meet the artists after the concert. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets –

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Mezzo-soprano, Sahoko Sato Timpone will perform at our Spring Serenade on Little John Island in Yarmouth. You will remember Sahoko from her singing the role of Mercedes in our 2016 production of Carmen. Hear her in this beautiful intimate setting among friends new and old.
$60 per person to benefit the 2017 Opera Maine season.

Thursday, February 9, 2017:
Serenade in Portland. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Featuring baritone, Robert Mellon. Scott Wheatley will accompany on piano. Call (207) 879-7678 for reservations

Sunday, November 6, 2016:
Serenade in Portland. 12 – 2:00 p.m. Featuring soprano, Bethany Worrell. Scott Wheatley will accompany on piano. Call (207) 879-7678 for reservations

June 26, 2016:
Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St., Portland. Maine Media Collective co-hosts this serenade June 26 in its Portland Art Gallery. Featured singers will be Abigail Shapiro and Alexander Boyd. Call (207) 879-7678 for reservations

July 11, 2016, 5:30pm:
Opera at the Mansion. Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. Adam Diegel, Maeve Höglund, Kenneth Kellogg, and Robert Mellon, principals in our upcoming Carmen production, will perform in the magnificent and acoustically superb stair hall of Victoria Mansion, Portland’s iconic 1860 Italianate mansion. The event benefits both PORTopera and Victoria Mansion. $75/person. Call (207) 772-4841 x 101 for reservations.

August 13, 2016, 8:15 p.m.Harmony & Discord: Italian Opera in America 1840-1850
The Claremont Hotel,
22 Claremont Rd., Southwest Harbor, Me.
Tickets $15/non-hotel guests; call 207-244-5036

If you missed this wonderful concert/lecture program in April in Portland you can catch it this summer on Mount Desert Island at the stunning Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor. Opera singers Robert Mellon, Maria Natale, and Joshua Wheeker will perform arias from the Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi operas that Americans first heard in the 1840s. Noby Ishida will collaborate on the piano. Drawing on extensive research in period newspapers, organizer Arlene Palmer Schwind will provide entertaining historical commentary and reveal the “harmony” on the stage, the “discord’ behind the scenes, and what opera-goers and critics of the 1840s had to say about it all. This program is a sequel to last year’s popular concert, When Bel Canto was New, The First Italian Operas in America, 1825-1835. For information about the program call (207) 879-7678. For information about The Claremont, visit www.theclaremonthotel.com. or call (207) 244-5036. Tickets at the door.