We work hard year-round to give the opera many faces and bring it to every corner of our region. From performances in schools to radio broadcasts to previews at libraries, no company delves more deeply into its community than does Portland Opera.
Portland Opera To Go
Portland Opera To Go provides children and families with the opportunity to engage in the rewarding world of opera by bringing high-quality, accessible programming to communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Public performances of Portland Opera To Go productions are offered at the Hampton Opera Center as well as at several other venues around the state. For the full list of public performances go here or check our calendar for upcoming events!
In-school performances are often accompanied by special pre-show classroom sessions and take place from September – December.
Resident Artist Community Performances
In 2005, Portland Opera established the Resident Artist Program, which provides a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage. These talented young singers join the company for a rigorous residency and training program. The Resident Artists give intimate art song recitals at the Portland Art Museum each year, as well as singing at many season previews, individual production previews, and other community-based events.
Mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar returns to the program for the 2018 season, while we welcome three new Resident Artists—soprano Helen Huang, tenor Thomas Cilluffo, and bass Shi Li. Learn more about upcoming performances here.
Opera Previews in Portland
Opera Previews are held at multiple venues leading up to each production. Nicholas Fox, our Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor, and our Resident Artists will tantalize you with music from and insightful information on the upcoming production. Check our calendar for upcoming events!
Opera Talks at the Theater
General Director Christopher Mattaliano hosts an informal introduction to the opera you’re about to enjoy on the first balcony one hour before each performance. Following the opera, audience members are encouraged to move to the front of the orchestra level for a Q&A session with cast members.
Rush Tickets & Student Dress Rehearsal
One of the greatest deals around!
Two hours prior to curtain for each performance, any remaining tickets go on rush sale to students and active military personnel for $10 each and to senior citizens over the age of 62 for $20 each. Rush tickets are sold at the Hampton Opera Center prior to each performance and at the theater Box Office the day of show. Photo ID is required, one ticket per qualifying purchaser.
Portland Opera offers dress rehearsal tickets to school groups for most productions. For more information, call 503-321-5261.
Family Guide to Mainstage Opera
We encourage you to gauge your child’s level of comfort with sitting quietly and considerately through a production. Keep in mind that productions can vary in length anywhere from two to three hours and often deal with mature themes. You know your child best! All patrons, including children, must be ticketed for the performance.