Update & Hello!

April 11, 2017 - Leave a Response

So folks.

I’ve been busy.

So busy, makin’ art and such, that I stopped updating my website. I’ve been performing with Portland Opera’s traveling Opera a la Carte stage, I sang Fauré’s amazing Requiem. I had the pleasure of directing Dido & Aeneas for Portland State University’s Student Opera Association. I’ve been lucky to experience lots of traveling adventures (Hawaii was beautiful, by the way…not to rub it in…).

Now I have a few exciting projects on the horizon to which I will soon be able to invite you. But for now, just a “hello” and “hope all is well, friends.”

What amazing live music and theatre has been inspiring you lately?

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Another beautiful Portland Summer

April 18, 2016 - Leave a Response

The Magic Flute

Portland Opera

(details here)

May 6, 8 (matinée), 12 & 14 at Portland’s Keller Auditorium

Mozart’s musical fairy tale brings to life the magical adventures of Pamina, our fearless heroine, Tamino, the hopeless romantic, and one entertaining, love-sick sidekick, Papageno. The magic is helped along by a pack of pint-sized Genies, led by yours truly. The trio of Spirits travels by balloon and sings some of the most beautiful music in the opera. This stunning production was designed by celebrated writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, author of one of my favorite children’s books, Where the Wild Things Are.

A great show for all ages!

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June 24 – July 1 at The Round Amphitheater (Beaverton)

Experience Theatre Project brings its first mainstage production outside with one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated, whimsical works. Performances will take place at the outdoor amphitheater of The Round, located right next to the Beaverton City Hall, Blue MAX line. Catherine is thrilled to be playing the clever, mischievous imp named Robin Goodfellow, otherwise known as Puck.

Also great for all ages!

TicketsFREE (VIP reserved seats available June 1)
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Previous:
Jan/Feb 2016:
Catherine had the pleasure of playing the overanalyzing, way-too-smart-for-her-age, Dad(s)-pleasing, language-loving, and incredibly lovable Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Broadway Rose Theatre Company.
May/June 2015:
Playing the jilted lover twice in one show, Catherine was both Sally Cato and Gloria in Mame at Lakewood Theatre Company. You charm the husk right off of the corn!

This Friday: Catherine sings as Cascadia Ventures Forth

October 15, 2015 - Leave a Response
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This Friday:
October 16, 7:30pm at University of Portland’s Mago Hunt Hall
Cascadia Composers brings together Oregon’s finest to present works by regional composers, including Howl: Etiquette for Artists and Other Social Misfits for Soprano, Alto Saxophone, and Harp by Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson and Women Who Cry Apples for Soprano, Clarinet, Violin, & Piano by Gary Noland.
Tickets: $5-$20
 
Upcoming: 
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May 6, 8m, 12 & 14 at Portland’s Keller Auditorium
Die Zauberflöte: The Magic Flute
Mozart’s musical fairy tale brings to life the magical adventures of Pamina, our fearless heroine, Tamino, the hopeless romantic, and one entertaining, love-sick sidekick, Papageno. The magic is helped along by a pack of pint-sized Genies, led by yours truly.
Sung in English with project English texts.
Tickets: 1-866-739-6737

Sunday 11/23: Flour, Salt, and Moonbeams

November 13, 2014 - Leave a Response
Flour Salt Moonbeam

Photo: Ben Z Mund

That’s right, a new opera just for you, Portland! This preview will bring you the music and a hint of the drama of the first production of Hungry Opera Machine, a new opera initiative straight from the brain and soul of composer, tenor, and player of too many instruments to count, Eric Stern. Flour, Salt, and Moonbeams will hit the Alberta Rose Theatre in all its glory in March 2015, but for now, an intimate evening of music (and partying) will have to tide you over for the long, hard winter:

Flour, Salt, and Moonbeams

A New Gypsi-Jazz Opera by Eric Stern, directed by Annie Rosen

Sunday, November 23, 2014

5 – 7:00pm at Mississippi Pizza Pub (3552 N. Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at door

The Schedule: One hour of opera in concert version, one hour of PARTYING (with prizes!) led by Eric’s jazz trio.

The Story: She’s a waitress with a past, a mouth like a sailor, and a heart of gold. The chance she takes on tramp-turned-cook Cociñero may cost her a job and a fat tip from the local mob boss, but Cociñero’s words are full of hope and his tortillas are out of this world!

The Lineup:

[Very Pregnant] Waitress played by yours truly

Mafioso & Tenor Scot Crandal

Money-Grubbing Restaurant Manager & Bass Noah Mickens

Tortilla-flipping Mezzo and Commedia dell’Arte-trained Director Annie Rosen

Violin stylings of Mirabai Peart

Master of the saxophone and a whole slew of percussion instruments Paul Evans

and of course, music directing from the piano, Composer Eric Stern

Tickets are limited. Fun is not.

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Mark That Calendar!

(Upcoming Performances)

Catherine joins Third Angle New Music for more out-of-the-box works by Luigi Nono, Lucia Ronchetti, and Luciano Berio

Made in Italy

Saturday, March 7, 2015

7:30pm at the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Ballroom

FINAL WEEKEND: Giasone & the Argonauts @ Hollywood Theatre

June 5, 2014 - Leave a Response

 Thursday, Friday, & Saturday – 7:00pm

Click Here For Tickets

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Not your classic artistic mash-up, Opera Theater Oregon brings Portland yet another reinvention of opera as we know it.

On Screen: 1963 hit, Jason and the Argonauts, chalk full of claymation monsters, scantily-clad grecian sailors, and all the important elements of an American cult classic! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll revel in the campiness.

The Music: Cavalli’s 1649 hit opera Giasone, recreated by OTO’s amazing Erica Melton, sung by some of Portland’s finest, and played by a mix of Baroque and contemporary instruments. That’s right folks, it’s not every day you hear theorbo and vibes play together, so you should definitely give a listen.

Style: We begin the evening with a brief fashion showcase of the imaginative, coutoure-Inspired costumes on each of the 15 singers, designed by Portland’s Useless Woman, AC.

Sound: Live sound effects (entertaining to both watch and hear!) by David Ian & Dino DeAElfweald of Unchained Productions.

The Many Faces of Amore

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Left: Catherine as Amore/Hera in Opera Theater Oregon’s Giasone & the Argonauts, 2014

Bottom Right: Honor Blackman as Hera in Jason & the Argonauts, 1963

Top Right: Amore/Hera, talking figurehead on Jason’s mighty ship as he sails in search of the Golden Fleece.

Concert Saturday & Sunday: Songs of Spring

May 13, 2014 - Leave a Response
May 17 & 18 at 7:30pm
 Songs of Spring:
16th Century Italian Madrigals for Solo Voice
Catherine sings with Hideki Yamaya on Lute and Renaissance Guitar for the final concert of the season of Musica Maestrale, a celebrated NW Early Music ensemble. Composers represented include Josquin, Palestrina, Willaert, and Marenzio. Wine and cheese reception to follow!
 
Tickets: $15 general; $12 students/seniors available online or at the door.
 
Saturday, May 17: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave, Portland
Sunday, May 18: St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, 8147 SE Pine St. Portland
 
 
And opening later this month…
 May 30, 31, June 5, 6, & 7
Giasone and the Argonauts with Opera Theater Oregon:   
A mash up of Cavalli’s Baroque masterpiece and the 1960’s big screen hit, Jason and the Argonauts.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
 

Wednesday, April 30: Opera and Science and Pirates! [and beer]

April 30, 2014 - Leave a Response

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Arrrr, maties!

 

Fancy an entertaining evening this Wednesday? Catherine sings the role of Mabel in a brief preview of Portland Opera’s Pirates of Penzance. You have two opportunities, 7:00 & 8:30pm, to catch this set of three songs at OMSI After Dark, a regularly occurring event where science nerds unite for a night of childfree, brain-building science fun!

In addition to our opera performance in the OMSI Auditorium, you’ll find all sorts of opportunities that night to explore the life of a Pirate, from sword fighting to ship building.
Who: all guests must be 21 & over
What: Pirates of Penzance
When: Wednesday, April 30, 7:00pm and 8:30pm
Where: OMSI After Dark at the Oregon Museum of Science & Technology’s (1945 SE Water Ave, Portland)
Tickets: At the door, $13 non-members, $7 OMSI members

Upcoming Performances:

May 17 & 18
16th Century Italian Madrigals for Solo Voice:
Catherine sings music from the Italian Renaissance with Hideki Yamaya for NW Early Music Ensemble Musica Maestrale.
Saturday, May 17: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 NE 43rd Ave, Portland
Sunday, May 18: St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, 8147 SE Pine St. Portland
May 30, 31, June 5, 6, & 7
Giasone and the Argonauts with Opera Theater Oregon:
A mash up of Cavalli’s Baroque masterpiece and the 1960’s big screen hit, Jason and the Argonauts.
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland

Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus & more

February 18, 2014 - Leave a Response

PERFORMANCE DATES: February 21 & 22:

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One Touch of Venus continues the Lakewood Theatre Lost Treasures series with its beautiful melodies, both familiar (I’m a Stranger Here Myself and Speak Low) and less heard (How much I Love You and That’s Him), and the love, comedy and chaos one would expect when an ancient statue of the goddess of love comes to life. Catherine plays Gloria, the less-than-lovable fiancé of Rodney, the leading man.

Friday, February 21: 7:00
Saturday, February 22: 2:00 & 7:00
Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts
368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR

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Other Upcoming Performances:

Monday, March 10, 7:30pm – Music by the Winslow Brothers with March Music Moderne at The Old Church (1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland)

May 30 & 31, June 5, 6, & 7 – Giasone and the Argonauts with Opera Theatre Oregon at the Hollywood Theatre

This Saturday December 7: Curry! Early Music! General Merriment!

December 6, 2013 - Leave a Response

This Saturday December 7: Curry! Early Music! General Merriment!

Musica Maestrale‘s Holiday Dinner Party will appeal to all five senses:

See & hear fine musical stylings of Northwest early music specialists:

Mel Downie Robsinson & Catherine Olson, Sopranos
Polly Gibson, Recorder, Viola da gamba
Hideki Yamada, Artistic Director, Lute, Theorbo,

Taste & smell ultimate Japanese comfort food at Kalé Restaurant in downtown Portland [900 SW Morrison].

Touch & take home a FREE CD of highlights from Musica Maestrale’s 2012-13 season.

Tickets for this Saturday, December 7 at 5:00pm:
$25 with dinner
$12 for just the show (drinks/food available for purchase)
Online: http://musicamaestrale.org/tickets/
At the door with cash or check
(though RSVP is recommended: info@hyamaya.com ]

Hope you can make it to this delicious event.

This weekend! And beyond…

August 13, 2013 - Leave a Response
August 18, 2013:

Cult of Orpheus

Cult of Orpheus
John William Waterhouse: Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus

Cult of Orpheus is the poetic-song vehicle of Portland composer Christopher Corbell. Premiering in concert at Portland’s historic Old Church, this concert will feature Portland classical rockstars Benjamin Bell, Hannah Penn, and Catherine Olson, among others. Catherine will sing a setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets for soprano and string trio.

Sunday, August 18, 7:00pm at The Waypost (3120 N Williams Ave, Portland) 

 
September 2013:

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* Bohemian * Steampunk * Vaudeville * Cabaret * Klezmer *

* Beyond Description *

Catherine will again hit the stage with the wonderfully talented, accordian-playing hooligans of one of Portland’s most beloved bands. Two nights in the fair state of Washington:

Friday, September 13: The Triple Door, Seattle, WA

Saturday, September 14: Upstage Restaurant & Theatre, Port Townsend, WA