A STUDY IN CONTRASTS, SOPRANO KATE ALDRICH

Mezzo-Soprano Kate Aldrich Hannaford Hall May 13, 2017 by Christopher Hyde Mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich strode on stage at Hannaford Hall Saturday night, wearing a spectacular red dress, and proceeded to sing of love, death and Read more

Concert review: Kate Aldrich shows why she’s in demand in opera world

The Maine native's superb mezzo-soprano voice dazzles in a Portland recital. BY ALLAN KOZINN Opera Maine‘s first presentation since renaming itself (from PORTOpera) was a recital by mezzo-soprano Kate Aldrich at Hannaford Hall on Saturday Read more

CELEBRATION OF A VIBRANT PRODUCTION OF CARMEN

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OPERA NEWS Carmen PORTLAND, ME PORTopera 7/27/16 MAINE'S PORTOPERA CELEBRATED its twenty-second season with a vibrant production of Carmen, the opera that was also chosen for their first season in 1995. Far from shrinking from Read more

PORTOPERA’S CARMEN: TOUGH AS NAILS

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Posted: July 27, 2016 Written by: Bob Keyes Maya Lahyani grew up in Israel with a sense of survival ingrained in her psyche. Every Israeli child comes of age with the idea of fighting for Read more

CARMEN AT MERRILL: OPERA PORTRAYS ‘SEXY FEMME FATALE, A MAN-EATING CREATURE’

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July 24, 2016 Tim Gillis Maya Lahyani, a mezzo-soprano who sings the role of Carmen, and Dona D. Vaughn, artistic director at PORTopera for 22 years, previewed the famous Bizet work that combines Spanish flair Read more

Review: Popularity of ‘Carmen’ demands more of PORTopera

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BY ALLAN KOZINN July 28, 2016 It seems odd to have an opera company (or even, as it is sometimes called, a festival) with a name, a logo, an artistic staff and a board of Read more

PORTOPERA DELIVERS A LANDMARK “CARMEN”

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PORTopera “Carmen” Merrill Auditorium July 27 by Christopher Hyde Bizet’s “Carmen” can be summed up by a well-known pornographic postcard from the composer’s Paris, in which a beautiful young woman accepts a bouquet from a Read more

PORTopera, Maine’s top opera company for nearly a quarter century. THE FORECASTER

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FORECASTER by: Scott Andrews July 18, 2016 ‘Carmen’ She’s ba-a-a-a-ck. That’s the word from PORTopera, which will be be returning for its 22nd season next week with two performances of George Bizet’s “Carmen.” Who is Read more

PORTOPERA OFFERS MAJOR NEW PRODUCTION OF “CARMEN”

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JULY 15, 2016 “Carmen” Merrill Auditorium July 27 and 29 by Christopher Hyde PORTopera’s 2016 production of George Bizet’s “Carmen” promises to be a landmark in the company’s long history in Maine. It was first Read more

ONE NIGHT OF TOSCA WAS NOT ENOUGH

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By Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald, July 30, 2015 Photo by PORTopera's Tosca© Gabe Souza, Staff Photographer For anyone inclined to fret beforehand about an opera production’s possibilities, PORTopera’s “Tosca” offered plenty to worry about. There was Read more

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