Portland Opera to Celebrate Music Director George Manahan with ‘The George & Friends Concert’

By Logan Martell

On May 13, 2022, Portland Opera will present a special, one-night-only event in celebration of Maestro George Manahan’s tenure as their Music Director.

Titled, “The George & Friends Concert,” the PO Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by guest artists and friends of the longtime director, performing arias and ensemble pieces from works such as “Carmen,” “Tannhauser,” “Lakme,” “Candide,” “Sweeney Todd,” and more. Among the featured artists will be mezzo-soprano Susannah Mars, baritone Stephen Powell, tenor Barry Banks, and mezzo Hannah Penn; soprano Nicole Cabell, winner of the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition, will also make her debut with the company.

“We are delighted to be gathering together to celebrate George Manahan this spring,” says General Director Sue Dixon, who will host the event alongside Artistic Director Priti Gandhi. “We are so grateful for his warmth of spirit and tenure with the company, and his legacy of artistic excellence in Portland will continue on.”

All patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test from a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance, regardless of age. Masks are required at all times within the venues, unless when eating or drinking within designated areas.