Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Merrill Auditorium, Portland, July 28, 2011, 7:30 pm
Pre-performance lecture by company dramaturg
Calien Lewis one hour before the show

An opera filled with sensory pleasures, The Daughter of the Regiment is the sophisticated story of a young girl raised by a regiment in Napoleon’s army. It’s an opera filled with improbable and hilarious situations as it spins the charming love story of the “daughter” meeting her first lover. One of the outstanding examples of the bel canto (beautiful song) repertoire, the opera features many brilliant arias and ensembles, including the famous tenor aria with nine high Cs.
An evening of musical entertainment you won't forget!

Ashley Emerson grew up in Bangor, Maine. She got the opera “bug” singing in the PORTopera chorus of Lucia di Lammermoor in 2003. She enrolled in the USM School of Music and was selected to be a PORTopera Young Artist and appeared in other PORTopera productions. She then entered and won the important Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and was immediately invited to the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program of the Metropolitan Opera. She has subsequently sung at the Met, Seattle Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and others and will debut in the title role in The Daughter of the Regiment at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in May and June.

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