Emerald Tablet Kickstarter

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.

Thank you for the support!

Emerald Tablet Kickstarter

Seeking Troupe Baritone!

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!

2018 schedule

  • 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
  • December: Viva’s Holiday CD release concert

Music Samples

Rilke Sonnet to Orpheus, “Ein Gott vermags”

Viva’s Holiday, Scene 3 Aria (Dad):

The Emerald Tablet (vocal quartet) excerpts:

Announcing Singers for The Emerald Tablet on Nov. 28


Cult of Orpheus is excited to announce the wonderful singers who will be premiering new music at The Old Church on November 28.

The Emerald Tablet, a new work for string quartet and vocal quartet, will feature baritone Damien Geter, tenor Joe Soto, mezzo-soprano Sadie Gregg, and soprano Jocelyn Claire Thomas.

Daphne, an opera miniature for two voices and small ensemble, will feature mezzo-soprano Rachel Hauge as Daphne and baritone Damien Geter as Orpheus.

You don’t want to miss these wonderful voices bring to life new, lyrical music!

Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3095657

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1727461777555691/

Seeking singers for “Emerald Tablet” concert at The Old Church Nov. 28

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).

If you are interested, please send a message to Christopher via music (at) cultoforpheus.org.

Event info and details will be updated frequently on our Facebook event page.