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.”
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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!
Cult of Orpheus will be presenting a program of new vocal music at 7:30 pm on Nov. 28 at The Old Church Concert Hall in Portland.
The program will feature a new work for vocal quartet and string quartet (a setting of the classic text of Hermetic mysticism, The Emerald Tablet), excerpts from an opera in progress, and selected original art-songs.
The performance will feature a baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano.
We are also looking for a variety of chamber instruments (string quartet, winds, and percussion).
“Venus Novena” is a single-movement short work for string quartet, written to accompany aesthetic pole dance.
A live performance at Star Theater Portland was recorded on December 16, 2016. The dance was performed by Nikki Diesel. The music is played by Nick Shaddow (viola), Betsy Goy (cello), Chris Fotinakis (violin) and Sharon Cannon (violin).
As we head into our final four shows of 2016, the makers of Portland’s most user-friendly opera have come up with this list of Frequently Asked Questions.
VIVA’S HOLIDAY FAQ
1. Is this a real opera? – YES!
2. Is there a real orchestra? – YES!
3. Is it in English? – YES!
4. Is the singing amazing? – YES!
5. Is it kind of like classical, holiday music? – YES, but BETTER, and ORIGINAL!
6. Is it a story I can relate to? – YES!
7. Does it make people laugh? – YES!
8. Does it make people cry? – YES!
9. Is it more Portland than a Russian ballet? – YES!
10. Is comedian Wendy Weiss really doing an opening set? – YES!
12. Is author Viva Las Vegas reading from her book before the opera? – YES!
12. Can I buy alcohol and food and have it during the show? – YES, and YES!
13. Does it cost less than the $30 to $55 that other holiday shows are charging? – YES!
14. Is there nudity that is brief, expressive, and dramatically necessary? – YES!
15. Will I leave the theater wishing I could listen to this opera again? – YES!
16. Can I buy tickets by clicking on a link below? – YES!
Cheat-sheet: the answer to all these questions is YES! 😉