Portara Ensemble is fast becoming a fixture in the Nashville music scene, but the music-making and artistic collaboration that its members are known for extends well beyond Portara performances.
Executive Director and soprano Lea Maitlen recently collaborated with Nashville’s own critically-acclaimed Alias Chamber Ensemble on their Fall concert in October, presenting Richard Danielpour’s Portraits for mezzo soprano, clarinet, violin, cello and piano. In his ArtsNash review of the event, John Pitcher had this to say:
The cycle certainly received a worthy performance. Mezzo-soprano Lea Maitlen sang every song with a silky tone and with unfailing sensitivity to the meaning of the words. Her voice trembled when she sang of the frightened children in “The War Widow.” It shimmered with bright optimism in “The Chinese Bride.” I, for one, was taken with her interpretation of “The Afro-American Woman,” which combined operatic refinement with jazzy swing.
Portara is proud to have Lea as such an integral part of the group, both as a leader and top-notch vocal artist. Congratulations on an outstanding performance!
If you were unable to attend the event, we have a couple audio clips available of the Portraits performance for you to check out. See below!
Also, stay tuned for our next Member Spotlight, as Portara soprano Mary Scheib prepares for her Nashville Opera debut!
Portraits — Movement 1:
Portraits – Movement 2:
Portraits – Movement 4: