Welcome to Portland Opera Guild
Portland Opera Guild was established in 1960 by a dedicated group of volunteers supporting and promoting opera in the Portland area. The Guild evolved
into an organization that generously supports opera and opera education. Our fifty years of service actually predates the formation of the Portland Opera Association. The Guild was recently recognized by the presentation of the Portland Opera’s Aubrey N. Morgan Award for our vision and service to Portland Opera and to the art form in our region.
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Salon Brillant - a Successful
Benefitting Portland Opera and Resident Artists
Portland Opera Guild's SALON BRILLANT In support of Portland Opera and the Portland Opera Resident Artist program. The event was held at University Club of Portland on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
The University Club of Portland proved the perfect site for the Guild's annual fund-raiser to support the Portland Opera Resident Artists
program. From start to finish, good food, good wine, and good cheer filled the Club's premises on Saturday night, April 6th. And the music – oh my, what music! From the sublime beauty of the well known tenor-baritone duet, Au fond du temple saint from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers to the levity, yet no less wonderful, I am a Pirate King from Gilbert and
Sullivan's riotous Pirates of Penzance, the smiles on our faces were broad and the cheers from the revelers loud.
Portland Opera’s former chorus master, Robert Ainsley appeared as Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the Salon. Rob also took his "old spot" at the keyboard to accompany all of the singers: soprano
Lindsay Ohse, mezzo Caitlin Mathes, tenor Matthew Grills, baritone André Chiang, and bassbaritone Nicholas Nelson.
Special thanks to our wine sponsor, Ponzi Vineyards.
and our 2013 Donors, Volunteers, and Special Contributers
a Cena Ristorante
Andrew Rich Wines
California Pizza Kitchen
George and Lee Anne Carter
Pam and Paul DeBoni
Diana Harris and Gary Piercy
Gunther and Trudy Hoffmann
Kurt Hutton and Melissa Burch
Korkage Wine Bar & Shop
Rodney and Cathleen Mazour
Louis and Judy McCraw
Bill and Carole McDonald
Susan Muccigrosso, The Diamond Pavilion
Nails on the Avenue
Portland State University Opera Program
Portland Opera Guild
Pat and Trudy Ritz
Bill and Kathi Snouffer
Roz and Don Sutherland
Don and Mary Svela
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Bill & Kathi Snouffer
R. Robert Ainsley
The University Club of Portland, and Shelly A. Carlisle – Catering Manager
PSU Opera Program Students Perform at Holiday Event
Invitations had no sooner arrived in our mailboxes, than we received word that our long-standing venue for the Holiday gathering had ceased business operations. Portland Opera stepped up to offer us the Hampton Center. Riding to the rescue on our behalf was Joe Peacock, the Opera's liaison to the Guild; thanks Joe!
Despite the change of venue and a well-circulated cold bug, over 90 members and guests turned out. Our creative Vice President, Jeanne Buschbach, orchestrated the last minute transition seamlessly. Jeanne, assisted by Liz Davis, created a glittering, sophisticated and wintry holiday scene complete with an antique sleigh delivering gifts for our performers. Perhaps someday an opera libretto may be written to tell this story.
Following Guild tradition, Christine Meadows brought a talented group of her Portland State University opera students to sing. With Douglas Schneider accompanying them on piano, they performed a variety of crowd-pleasing operatic and Broadway show music. Of course, we all joined in to sing a few holiday classics.
A beautifully arrayed variety of sweet delicacies contributed by members of the Board of Directors were set out for our pleasure, along with fruits and cheeses. Vice President-Events, Kathi Snouffer, created the festive invitations and coordinated the refreshments. Once again, member Liz Davis and husband Jim kept the libations flowing.
We trust no one left the Hampton Center that night with an empty stomach and without a heart full of gladness. In addition to all of the above, we give special thanks for those of you who remembered contributions to the Oregon Food Bank. President Patricia Holloway and Jeanne Buschbach delivered 138 pounds of much welcome food to the Oregon Food Bank.
Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions Winners
From left to right: Caitlin Mathes (mezzo-soprano) encouragement award Lindsay Ohse (soprano) winner advances to the Regional Auditions in Seattle - Anna Viemeister (soprano) winner advances to the Regional Auditions in Seattle - Albert Glueckert (tenor) encouragement award.
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