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BFO Spectacular

BFO Spectacular!

August 16 @ 8:00 pm

TICKETS: Premium Reserved $49 | Standard Reserved $29 | Lawn $20 | Child (1-12)/Student Lawn $10
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public

Special Offer: $5 Lawn (from Friday, Jan 24 – Sunday, March 1) 

George Frideric Handel: Royal Fireworks Music

Mason Bates: Art of War

Michael Tilson Thomas: From the Diary of Anne Frank

The 2020 BFO season closes with another BFO Spectacular, this time focused on music written about or in response to war. Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks opens the program, accompanied by a light show that will emulate fireworks. The program continues with a new work by Mason Bates entitled Art of War, which explores the perspectives of soldiers, weaponry, and the collision of civilizations. Animating a three-movement symphonic structure are original field recordings of weapons tests made with the US Marines; elements of American and Iraqi folk music; and the printing presses of the US Treasury. The program and our season closes with Michael Tilson Thomas’s From the Diary of Anne Frank, which sets excerpts of Anne Frank’s diary in a melodrama for narrator and orchestra that takes the form of symphonic variations.



Guest Artists: Sylvia D'Eramo, J'nai Bridges, Damien Jeter

Sylvia D'Eramo

During the 2019-2020 season, soprano Sylvia D’Eramo joins the Los Angeles Opera as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist. She also makes her company and role debut with Lyric Opera Kansas City as Musetta in La bohème. For the 2018-2019 season, she joined the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera, where she appeared in the Rising Stars Concert, and covered Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Adele in Die Fledermaus. In May of 2019 Ms. D’Eramo joined the Glenn Falls Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, then returned to Santa Fe Opera for her second year as an Apprentice, where she covered Mimi in La bohème, and sang Barena in Jenůfa.

J'nai Bridges

J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top stages. Her 2019-2020 operatic engagements in the U.S. this season include her debut at The Metropolitan Opera, singing the role of Nefertiti in Philip Glass’ opera Akhnaten, and her house and role debut at Washington National Opera performing Dalila in Samson et Dalila. Bridges will sing the title role of Carmen for the first time in Europe at the Dutch National Opera and will make her debut with the Festival d’Aix-en-provence singing Margret in a new production of Wozzeck, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Damien Jeter

Tenor Damien Geter is a diverse artist whose credits include performances ranging from the operatic stage to the television screen.  Damien’s 2019-2020 season includes appearances with the Metropolitan Opera (Undertaker in Porgy and Bess), Seattle Opera (Colonel in The Rising and the Falling), Eugene Opera (Angelotti in Tosca), Resonance Ensemble, and Third Angle New Music (Sanctuaries.) Damien’s 2018-2019 included appearances with Seattle Opera in the role of the Undertaker, and covering the role of Jake in Porgy and Bess; and a debut with Vashon Opera in the role of Colline in La Boheme. Damien returned to Portland Opera in the fall of 2018 in the role of Dr. Grenville in Verdi’s La Traviata.

Pre-concert talk: TBD
Hosted by JPR in the Britt Performance Garden at 7:00 p.m.

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