Sunriver Music Festival's 43rd Season August 9-22, 2020
Artistic Director and Conductor George Hanson
Each summer season includes a Pops Concert in addition to the 4-concert classical series.
See below for programming and details of the Pops Concert.
Click here for an overview of the complete Summer Festival.
American Songbook: A Tribute to our Veterans
Sunday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Octavio Moreno, baritone and Sarah Mattox, mezzo-soprano with the Festival Orchestra in a program of favorites from Gershwin, Porter, Sousa, and more.
Houston Grand Opera Studio alumnus Octavio Moreno returns to the Sunriver Music Festival after receiving much acclaim in 2019's Pops Concert plus Classical Concert II. We are honored to have him return!
He has appeared as Surin in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, and as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin. He made his Bellas Artes debut (Mexico City) in June 2011 in La fille du régiment. In 2010 he created the role of Laurentino in the world premiere of Cruzar la cara de la luna, followed by the European premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2011. US tours to San Diego Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Arizona Opera, and others have included roles such as Germont in La Traviata, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and the title role of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and San Diego Opera as Xihuitl in the world premiere of the mariachi Opera El pasado nunca se termina, and that same year debuted with the San Antonio Symphony as baritone soloist in the Estancia ballet.
Originally from Hermosillo, Mexico, Mr. Moreno received his Bachelor’s degree in voice at the Universidad de Sonora, then completed the Artist Diploma program at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia, followed by the Houston Grand Opera Studio. The baritone won third place in the 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers and represented Mexico in the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and the 2010 Paris International Competition, as well as third place in the Carlo Morelli Competition in Mexico City.
Octavio Moreno released his first solo album in 2013, entitled “Amar a esa mujer”, performing his own compositions accompanied by mariachi.
Described as a “honeyish mezzo,” Sarah Mattox has sung principal roles with Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Amarillo Opera, Eugene Opera, Tacoma Opera and many others. Favorite roles include the title characters in Carmen and Cendrillon, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel. She received special acclaim for her debut as Feodor in Seattle Opera’s Boris Godunov. The Seattle Times said “…it was newcomer Sarah Elouise Mattox, in the ‘pants role’ of Boris’ son Feodor, who raised eyebrows all over the Opera House with her believable, lifelike acting and her well-schooled voice.” In Cleveland, the Beacon Journal called her “…a rich-toned mezzo-soprano who came to life as Dorabella.” Also at home on the concert stage, Mattox has made several appearances at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. She has also been a soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Cascade Festival of Music, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Helena Symphony, Bainbridge Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Walla Walla Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Concert Choir and many others. Mattox has made four appearances as a concert soloist at Carnegie Hall, twice in John Rutter’s Magnificat under the baton of the composer. Her chamber music group, TangleTown Trio, champions music by living composers, performing frequently across the country, and on radio and television.
Also a composer, Mattox was named a 2014 John Duffy Composers Institute Fellow for her chamber opera Heart Mountain. The piece is based on the journal of Kara Matsushita Kondo, who was born in the Yakima Valley and incarcerated with her family in Wyoming during WWII. Vespertine Opera Theater presented a full workshop of Heart Mountain in July of 2015 under the baton of Grammy Award winning conductor Stephen Stubbs. Mattox won the 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composers' Competition OPERA PUPPETS Mainstage Award for her song cycle, "Rumpelstiltskin and the Falcon King." Called "entertaining, exuberant," and "just incredible," her compositions have been praised for their "natural sense of phrasing and flow," and "the just plain beauty of the music."