Based on Moliere's funniest and most enduring comedy, Mechem's opera, Tartuffe, has a sure-fire plot of intrigue, satire and hilarious situations. Tartuffe, a conman posing as a humble man of God has ingratiated himself into the household of the wealthy Orgon with hopes of seducing Orgon's wife, marrying his daughter, and getting his hands on as much money and property as possible. Orgon's family, wise to his scheme, must work together to expose Tartuffe's villainy and thwart his nefarious plans.
Kirke Mechem's music is hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as: "...a brilliant jewel, a delicious hit, right on the mark....The score is inspired, handsomely suited to the purpose and wildly effective at every turn...a masterful accomplishment." There are patter songs and ensembles, waltz songs, laughing songs, and spoofs of "high" style. The music pushes the action along and at the same time is full of its own interest and jokes for the opera lover to savor.
The 2006 Jeanine B. Cowles Distinguished Professorship in Residence brings conductor Steven Crawford of the Metropolitan Opera to PSU to conduct these performances. Maestro Crawford will be here for five weeks to work with the orchestra and coach singers in our music department. Brenda Nuckton, Director of last year's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica productions and our award winning performances of Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, will join us again this year to direct Tartuffe. The production features members of the award-winning Portland State University Opera Program.
Evening Performances: April 28, May 3 & 6 at 7:30pm
Matinee: April 30 at 3:00pm
Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
General Admission: $20.50
Senior/PSU Faculty and Staff - $18.50
Students/Children - $11.50
Available through the PSU Box Office:
503.725.3307 (inside Smith Center)
or through Ticktmaster
For further information contact Christine Meadows, Artistic Director (503)725.5463 or
David Jimerson, Assistant Artistic Director (503) 725.3030
A production of the Portland State University School of Fine & Performing Arts, Department of Music