New opera: call for stories from Portland authors

Cult of Orpheus • underground opera CALL FOR STORIES FROM PORTLAND AUTHORS fiction • memoir • dramatic scenes • published or unpublishedcomic, poignant, weird, etc. • excerpts/abridgements okay Cult of Orpheus, creator of Viva’s Holiday, is creating a new production in 2017 in collaboration with local authors. This operatic “anthology” will feature three to five stories

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Time-wise Animals, Strangled Darlings show, and Viva 2016 news

Our June newsletter is out with updates on the debut album Time-wise Animals, our upcoming show with Strangled Darlings, and our search for Viva’s Holiday 2016 sponsors. Plus, a new sonnet! Sign up for the mailing list (see the sidebar! ->) to get these updates delivered to your email inbox. READ NEWSLETTER ONLINE

Keep Classical Music Weird! Vote for Cult of Orpheus in WWeek Poll

We’ve made the final round! Please head on over to the Willamette Week reader’s poll and vote for the only underground opera company in the running: Cult of Orpheus! We are in the Arts & Culture category under “Classical Artist.” Thanks to all who voted to get us on the final ballot!


March 7, 2016 Portland, Oregon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “CULT OF ORPHEUS” DEBUTS AS INDIE-CLASSICAL CROSSOVER GROUP March 18 premiere features new poetic songs, arranged for cello, classical guitar, and voice Cult of Orpheus was founded in 2013 as the independent opera and art-song vehicle of Portland composer Christopher Corbell. The company has staged original underground-classical

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Call for auditions: violoncello

Cult of Orpheus is seeking a cellist to record, perform, and tour in the coming months. You’ll work with composer / producer Christopher Corbell, who is adding cello parts to the Sonnets project, which will become a full-length album this year. Recording is slated for early summer, and a brief supporting tour will happen in

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February News: performances and web updates

This month features a number of performances (also listed on the Upcoming Events page). There are also some new recorded excerpts of the Viva Opera online, and the Art Songs and Sonnets sections of the website have more samples and lyrics. You can read the full newsletter online. If you haven’t already, you can also

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PRESS RELEASE: Cult of Orpheus Event at Jade Lounge, Dec. 27

Christopher Corbell performs poetry and art-song with Cult of Orpheus “Viva’s Holiday” composer premieres new works and highlights local talent On the heels of his successful three-night, sold-out opera premiere, underground-classical troubadour Christopher Corbell brings a more-intimate act to the Jade Lounge for an evening of poetry and music. The performance will feature several premieres

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All Classical FM Northwest Previews interview

Andrea Murray from Portland’s All Classical FM interviewed Christopher Corbell and Viva Las Vegas about the Viva’s Holiday opera premiere. Excerpts from the opera are included, as well as some snippets from Bergerette’s recent recordings of the two Baudelaire song settings. Enjoy! You can buy tickets or follow the Facebook event at