VALENTINE'S EVE CONCERT

FEBRUARY 13, 2019, 7:30 PM
AGNES FLANAGAN CHAPEL
LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE

Presenting, our first concert of 2019 on February 13... this ONE NIGHT ONLY performance will feature Grammy Award-winning soprano Audrey Luna. On her way to Vienna, she will make a stop in Portland and perform a selection of popular arias that will not disappoint! She recently made history by singing the highest note ever performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Sought after for her “power and blazing coloratura facility that most lyric sopranos can only dream of,” (Opera News) soprano Audrey Luna regularly performs on the world’s greatest stages including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Houston Grand Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Den Norske Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Opéra de Montréal.

Audrey Luna made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as the Queen of the Night in Julie Taymor’s production of Die Zauberflöte, and continued with roles such as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiakermilli in Arabella, and Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann. Ms. Luna recently set the record for singing the highest written note on the Metropolitan Opera stage, A6, during the American premiere production of Thomas Adès’ new opera The Exterminating Angel, in the role Leticia, which she also created in the world premiere at the Salzburg Festival.

 

In her triumphant performance of Ariel in The Tempest at The Metropolitan Opera, both musically and physically, working with choreographer Crystal Pite, The New York Times said: “Mr. Adès’s Ariel is a dazzling creation, and Ms. Luna conquers the role.” Her performance as Ariel in this production of The Tempestis available on DVD with Deutsche Grammphon; the DVD was awarded a French Diapason d’Or, and the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Opera Recording.”

 

Naxos, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame Mao in Nixon in China, Gilda in Rigoletto, the title role in Lakmé, and Gepopo in La Grande Macabre. The 2017-18 Season marks her role debuts of Norina in Don Comfortable in both conventional and contemporary opera roles, Ms. Luna’s repertoire includes Zerbinetta in Ariadne aufPasquale, and Marie in La Fille du Regiment. Concert work this season includes soprano soloist in Carmina Burana with both Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. This summer she reprises the role of the Controller in Flight by Jonathan Dove with Des Moines Metro Opera and Queen of the Night in Robert Le Page’s new production of The Magic Flute with Festival Opéra de Québec. The 2018-19 season includes returns to the Vienna State Opera as Hermione in Manfred Trojahn’s Orest, Irish National Opera as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte and her debut with Elphilharmonie Hamburg as Gepopo in Le Grand Macabre, conducted by Alan Gilbert.

 

Ms. Luna has appeared on the concert stage, with Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and others.  Her repertoire for the concert stage includes Brahms’ Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Unsuk Chin’s Cantatrix Sopranica, Makris’ Symphony for Soprano and Strings, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Ligeti’s Requiem and Le Macabre, George Crumb’s Star Child, Amy Beach’s Grand Mass, and Debussy’s Martyrdom of St. Sebastien.  grande

Soprano

Audrey Luna

This concert will feature selections from:

 

Lerner/Loewe, Delibes, Verdi, Gounod, Puccini, Bellini, and Bernstein

Special thanks to our sponsors:

George Rowbottom & Marilyn Crilley

The Portland Concert Opera • Portland, Oregon