ASTORIA — The Cascadia Concert Opera is returning to Astoria to perform with the North Coast Chorale a program of opera highlights: arias and choruses from some of the most well-known and well-loved operas sung in their original languages.
No need to wait for the June Astoria Music Festival to hear fine vocal artistry sung with technical expertise and nuanced expression. Hear the concert opera perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center, located at 588 16th St. Tickets are available at the door for $25 general admission and $15 for students with ID.
Indeed if music is the language of the heart, this presentation reflects the full range of human emotions. From the bright upbeat choruses of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” to Verdi’s heroic themes from “Il Travatore,” to the soulful longing in Purcell’s “Dido’s Lament” and Verdi’s “Nabucco,” the singers will project both the tragic and the comedic elements of life.
Currently in its ninth season, the Cascadia Concert Opera is a nonprofit performing arts organization based in Eugene. Its troupe of established and emerging professional singers and pianists tour together and present opera in intimate venues throughout the Northwest.
While Cascadia Concert Opera provides the principal singers, the organization collaborates with local singers to support the choral sections. In this way it engages communities and, in some instances , introduces residents for the first time to the vibrant story-telling tradition of opera. Astoria audiences have enjoyed Cascadia’s performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in 2014 and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in 2015.
The Feb. 18 production of opera highlights will help raise money for the North Coast Chorale, which in turn helps with the fundraising efforts of Partners of the PAC . These efforts support the continued operations of the PAC facility as a venue for affordable artistic and educational offerings. Some proceeds of this concert will help fund Cascadia Concert Opera’s upcoming “Tango of the White Gardenia.” A tango-infused chamber opera, this production will be performed in Astoria and else where.