JUl 14, 2018, 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Wallis Giunta, mezzo-soprano (Anna I)
Jennifer Nichols, dancer/choreographer (Anna II)
Harry Baechtel, baritone (Brother)
Deac Guidi, bass (Mother)
Daniel Buchanan, tenor I (Father)
Brian Tierney, tenor II (Brother)
Oregon Festival Orchestra
Zvonimir Hačko, conductor
Sin, Fate and Redemption
The festival ends on a high note: It introduces Peteris Vasks as a new focus composer of the Discovery Series followed by Wallis Giunta's dramatic performance of The Seven Deadly Sins in a semi-staged version. Mendelssohn's famous symphony closes the festival.
Irish-Canadian mezzo, Wallis Giunta, has been named “Young Singer of the Year” in the 2018 International Opera Awards, and was named both “Young Artist of the Year” by The Arts Desk and “Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera” in the What’s On Stage Opera Awards for her work in 2017. She has been praised by Opera News for her “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano, with a beautiful sense of line and effortless, rapid runs,” with her recent performance as Mozart’s Sesto for the Canadian Opera Company celebrated as “a triumph…remarkable in its combination of intelligence and beauty.” The upcoming 2018–19 season includes her debuts with the BBC Proms Festival in a program celebrating Leonard Bernstein, with the Grange Festival at The Barbican, London, and with the Oregon Music Festival as Anna I in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. She also debuts the title roles in Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier, along with Rossini’s Rosina for Oper Leipzig, and Idamante for Toronto’s Opera Atelier.