Portland Boychoir Presents Twelve-Year-Old Opera Prodigy In Farewell Performance

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Michael Kepler Meo, boy soprano, to sing in Portland on the eve of his Los Angeles Opera debut

On Friday, February 11th Portland area music lovers will have the rare opportunity to catch a rising star on the international Opera scene. At the tender age of twelve, Michael Kepler Meo, who is pictured on the cover of the January 2011 issue of Opera Magazine, is quickly developing an impressive professional resume. Having trained with Portland Boychoir under the Direction of Dr. David York since the age of five, both Michael and his mother, Trudy credit this early training as foundational to his vocal development. “The way Portland Boychoir has nurtured my singing has been outstanding and I'm really thankful. Dr. York taught me first to become a good ensemble singer, then a soloist,” says Michael.

David York recalls the first day ‘Mike’ walked into the rehearsal studio: “The moment he opened his mouth to sing, I knew he had a rare gift; it was young, raw and untrained, but I recognized it was one in a million. Over the years, we’ve worked to develop his technique and musicianship. It’s really gratifying to see his success.”

Michael’s professional operatic debut came at the age of ten when he sang the role of Miles in Portland Opera’s 2008 production of Benjamin Britten’s "The Turn of the Screw," which he recently reprised for the Houston Grand Opera in Texas. In June of 2010, just days after a performance at Carnegie Hall where he sang John Rutter’s "Mass of the Children" with the Portland Boychoir, Mike originated the role of Charlie in the world premiere of Peter Ash's "The Golden Ticket," (based on Roald Dahl’s book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. This fall he traveled to Ireland to reprise the role of Charlie for the opera's European premiere at Ireland's Wexford Festival Opera. In 2009 Michael sang the title role of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" with the Vancouver Children's Opera and he was a featured soloist in Handel's "Messiah" with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Michael was the youngest performer of
maestro Niel Deponte's prestigious 2010 Young Artists Debut concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

“It’s important for Portland Boychoir to present a farewell concert featuring Michael’s impressive talent,” says Portland Boychoir Executive Director, Nancy Nye, “We want to celebrate his accomplishments and give him a warm send off. It’s going to be a thrilling performance.” After the farewell performance on February 11th, Michael will be off to make his Los Angeles Opera debut as he reprises his role as Miles in The Turn of the Screw, March 12th–30th, 2011. “After that – who knows?” says David York, “But one thing’s for sure, Michael is destined for great things. And on February 11th Portland audiences will have a wonderful opportunity to hear him perform while his treble voice is in peak form.”

“Michael Kepler Meo – In Concert,” will be held at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 6300 Southwest Nicol Road, Portland, OR 97223 on the OES campus on Friday, February 11th at 7:00 P.M. Special guests include Gail Strong-Price, soprano, I Ragazzi String Quartet, David Kerr, Director and Portland Boychoir, David York, Director. Robert Ainsley of Portland Opera will accompany. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.portlandchoirs.org

For more information, contact Nancy Nye at Portland Boychoir - 503.697.SING (7464) Nancy(at)portlandchoirs(dot)org

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