Angela Allen

Bloody Fun Opera

Portland Opera's production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor is a bloody good time

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch February 2014

Scottish moors and forbidding towers have ways of inspiring violence and insanity. Even Lady MacBeth’s blood-stained dress pales against Lucia’s blood-soaked wedding gown in Portland Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, which opened Friday at Keller Auditorium for a two-weekend run. Read More

Melodic and lovey-dovey

Angela previews “La Rondine,” a much neglected Puccini opera.

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch April 2013

Everybody knows his “Madame Butterfly,” “La Boheme” and “Tosca,” but why is Giacomo Puccini’s “La Rondine” (“The Swallow”), which opens Friday at Portland State University’s Lincoln Performance Hall, so rarely seen or even heard of? Read More

Soprano Angela Meade sings Bellini’s Norma

Angela covers up-and-coming Northwest-born diva Angela Meade at the Astoria Music Festiva

Originally Published in Oregon ArtsWatch June 2012

Angela Meade was originally approached to sing the title role of Vincenzo Bellini’s tragic opera Norma for the 2010 Caramoor Festival in New York’s Westchester County. The Northwest native knew it would pose an immense challenge. The role “requires so much of a singer vocally, technically, emotionally,” Meade said. “Norma is consumed with so many different emotions. She’s betrayed by her best friend who is sleeping with the father of her children. She has so much anger that she wants to kill her children. She has a crazy amount of emotional demands.” Read More

Galileo at Portland Opera by Cory Weaver

Galileo Spins Portland Opera into the 21st Century

Angela Reviews Phillip Glass' Galileo, Portland Opera's first 21st-Century piece

Originally Published on March 2012

Hats off, including those floppy Renaissance berets, to Portland Opera for setting its first 21st-Century opera. A West Coast premiere, Philip Glass’s chamber opera, Galileo, appropriately was staged at the 880-seat Newmark Theatre, an intimate venue compared to PO’s usual place, the sprawling 2,992-seat Keller Auditorium. Read More

Garth Fagan's Griot New York

Choreographer Garth Fagan’s “Griot New York”

Angela talks to Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan

Originally Published on Oregon Arts Watch March 5, 2012

After jazz musician Wynton Marsalis watched the love duet “Spring Yaounde” in rehearsal, he tore up the music he’d written for that section of “Griot New York.”

The duet was the most beautiful dance he’d seen, Marsalis told Garth Fagan, “Griot’s” creator. And the third dance in the full-length piece, “Yaounde” features a novel kiss that travels from chin to mouth to forehead while dancers pull off leg extensions demanding Herculean off-center balancing. Marsalis was blown away. Read More

Dee Dee Bridgewater Portland Jazz Festival 2012

Dee Dee Bridgewater at Portland Jazz Festival 2012

Portland Jazz Festival 2012: Bridgewater honors Billie Holiday (aka Eleanora Fagan)

Originally Published on Oregon Music News February 21, 2012

Dee Dee Bridgewater, as huge a name in jazz vocals as Roy Haynes’ is in drumming, is doing more than headlining the 2012 Portland Jazz Festival.

She is honoring Lady Day, aka Billie Holiday, one of jazz’s pioneering singers and influences. Read More

“Madame Butterfly” at Portland Opera

‘Madame Butterfly’ waits on the hill

Originally Published on Oregon ArtsWatch Review February 7, 2012

Giacomo Puccini created stunning music and synched it precisely with unfolding drama. He drew characters with staying power — after he revised and revised. Even world-weary music critics love his work, and love it over again when the opera is well done. Madame Butterfly, winding up this week with final Portland Opera performances Thursday and Saturday at the Keller Auditorium, sold out both previous performances this week because the piece is among the best-known and beloved in the canon, but also because it has heartbreakingly lyrical music, a heartbreaking story — and because of Butterfly. She is a helluva character. She’s tough. She’s sweet. She’s complex. Read More

Peter Yarrow with guitar

Q&A with Peter Yarrow in Portland

Peter Yarrow. the Peter in Peter, Paul and Mary, revisits Portland, politics and Pete Seeger music

Originally Published on Oregon Music News January 18, 2012

Peter Yarrow of the former culture-shaping Peter, Paul and Mary still sings, still protests, and still believes in music’s power to change the world. Read More

3 Cohens at Portland Jazz Festival 2011

3 Cohens at Portland Jazz Festival 2011

Exuberant 3 Cohens exhibit chops, stage passion and filial harmony in Portland

Originally Published on Oregon Music News February 27, 2011

There was exuberance – the kind among families who all know the same joke — Saturday afternoon on the Crystal Ballroom. stage as the 3 Cohens lit up the big, airy Portland music space with their new-wave originals and updated standards. A new, and yet unnamed CD, will follow soon, and it was clear some of the pieces we heard came from that. Read More