Portland SummerFest's Opera in the Park presents annual free operatic performances at the beautiful outdoor Washington Park Amphitheater in southwest Portland. The performance at Washington Park has been presented since 2003 as part of Portland Parks and Recreation's annual Washington Park Summer Festival.
Audiences of all ages and backgrounds come to Washington Park to enjoy this unique contribution to the cultural life of Portland. Presented in concert format with full orchestra and lively narration, these concerts have introduced thousands of Portlanders to the world of opera and been avidly attended by a growing number of loyal fans.
American soprano Angela Meade is the winner of the 2012 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera and the 2011 Richard Tucker Award. Since her professional debut in 2008, she has quickly become recognized as one of the outstanding vocalists of her generation. The New Yorker has stated, “Meade is astounding … She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to sudden dramatic swells. The coloratura effects—rapid runs, trills, delicate turns, and so on—are handled with uncommon ease. She is a very musical singer, naturally and intelligently riding the phrase.” She excels in the most demanding heroines of the nineteenth-century bel canto repertoire as well as in the operas of Verdi and Mozart.
Ms. Meade is a native of Washington State and an alumnus of the Academy of Vocal Arts. She has performed with Portland SummerFest as Leonora in Il Trovatore (2010), Desdemona in Otello (2013), the title role ofNorma (2014), and was the featured performer in Grand & Glorious (2015).
Artistic Director & Conductor
Keith Clark is Principal Guest Conductor of the Siberian Chamber Orchestra in Omsk, Russia, Conductor of the Amadeus Opera Ensemble in Salzburg, and Founding Conductor Laureate of thePacific Symphony in Southern California. He is Founding Music Director & Conductor of the Astoria Music Festival, which recently completed its ninth season of presenting opera, orchestra, and chamber music at the historic Liberty Theater in Astoria. He is featured on over thirty recordings with the London Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Les Concerts du Monde Baroque Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. His CD’s have received Grammy nominations, “Record of the Year” and “Classical Hall of Fame” awards, and Billboard Bestseller listings. He founded Southern California’s Pacific Symphony Orchestra and built it into the nation’s fastest growing professional orchestra, bringing it to international attention through recordings, broadcasts, and appearances on BBC and American television.
Board of Directors
Jocelyn Bates O'Brien, President
Sharon Buckmaster, V. President
Darlyn Jablonski, V. President
Leonore Licht-Miller, V. President
Ben Parisot, V. President
Adam Tracy, V. President
Cameron Vaughan-Tyler, V. President
MaryAlice Helikson, Recording Secretary
Margaret Wallis, Treasurer