The first album from Cult of Orpheus, described as “fervently beautiful” by Willamette Week, is now available for download, and limited edition compact disc!
Sacred Works I: The Emerald Tablet includes the twelve-movement setting of The Emerald Tablet for vocal quartet and string quartet, three settings of early Buddhist verse for baritone and piano, four poems in the Sufi tradition for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, and harp, and two of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus for baritone, cello, and guitar.
Our album release is almost here! Tickets are on sale now. You can also RSVP on our Facebook Event.
It has been a joyful journey watching our first album take shape. Our troupe singers have brought not only their vocal talents but also their emotions and artistic insights to rehearsals and sessions. The instrumentalists on the record are some of the best from the Portland indie classical scene. And with each run-through, the meaning of the words has deepened for us: the transformational power of spiritual alchemy, the sublime detachment of the Buddha’s teachings, the ecstatic love of Sufi Islam, and the transcendent symbolism of Rilke’s verse.
We are two days into a kickstarter to create a professional recording of our original musical setting of The Emerald Tablet.
Help us reach our goal and make this record happen! We have to meet the goal this month, and it’s all-or-nothing. There are many perks available including the recording itself, an Emerald Tablet poster, tickets to the record release concert and a Cult of Orpheus T-shirt.
Cult of Orpheus is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and forming a troupe! We are currently seeking an operatic baritone based in the Portland, Oregon area. As we grow and premiere new works it’s the perfect time to join forces with Portland’s only all-original opera and art-song company!
As a troupe member, you will have first right of refusal on concert and opera roles for your vocal range in Cult of Orpheus productions. You will also be a recording artist on this year’s recording projects. (See below for our 2018 schedule.)
Also, our first recording project will put you in the spotlight with two short song-cycles for baritone: a three-song cycle (with piano) of excerpts from the Dhammapada (early Buddhist teachings), and two sonnets by Rainer Maria Rilke for baritone, cello, and guitar.
All productions are professionally compensated, and recording projects also include contract for a portion of artist’s royalties. Troupe members are expected to participate as available in some fundraising and promotional activities.
Interested? Please send a letter of interest along with a link to audio or video performance samples to music (at) cultoforpheus.org. We can’t wait to hear you!
March/April: recording project, Sacred Works I
May: Antigone and Haimon workshop (new opera, unrehearsed sing-through)
Saturday, June 23, 7 pm: Sacred Works I release concert
Saturday, August 25, 8 pm: Fifth Anniversary Concert
September/October: Happy Hour Volume I, short opera premiere, rehearsals and performances
November: recording project, Viva’s Holiday: An Opera in One Act
Oregon ArtsWatch music writer Brett Campbell has written a detailed account of the recent Cult of Orpheus concert at The Old Church Concert Hall, calling the show “one of the high points of the fall music season” and naming composer Christopher Corbell “one of Oregon’s most vital creative artists.”
Thanks and welcome to our newest subscriber, Joy Ann Loney! Our 2018 season is going to be full of beauty, poetry, and singing-truth-to-power. Join us! Subscribe today. #newmusic #pdxarts #pdxmusic #keepoperaweird
Here’s a new video featuring excerpts of our performance of The Emerald Tablet, music and translation by Christopher Corbell. The video features live footage of the concert, photographs taken by Diana Powe, captions of the text, and art from the hermetic alchemy tradition.
Opera, poetic song, lyrical chamber music — Cult of Orpheus is one of the few groups out there devoted to creating *new* works in these domains. Our latest newsletter asks for your support – let’s make 2018 amazing, together!