April 2016, Volume 20, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

Tenor David Portilla and Conductor Gregory Ritchey
Tenor David Portillo (standing) and Conductor Gregory Ritchey recently performed at the National Historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College.

A Brilliant Sunday Afternoon

The IlluminArts concert series presented by MDC’s Museum of Art + Design recently melded beautiful sights in the exhibition space at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower with a riveting performance by tenor David Portillo.

Rapidly rising in the national and international spotlight, Portillo most recently had made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. He also has sung at Chicago’s Lyric Opera and Europe’s Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne festivals. The Sunday afternoon program at MDC offered a combination of classic and more popular vernacular songs, demonstrating the full range of Portillo’s vocal gifts. Among the works featured were five songs by 20th century Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, which also showcased the talents of accompanist Gregory Ritchey, conductor and chorus master of the Palm Beach Opera.


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