Community

We work hard year-round to give the opera many faces and bring it to every corner of our region. From events in schools to film and radio broadcasts, 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 SW Washington. Our 2015 POGO production is a 50-minute version of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, set in colonial California and performed in a special Spanish-English version of the story.

Public Performances

Public performances of The Barber of Seville will be offered at the Hampton Opera Center in February, 2015, as well as at several other venues around the state.

School Performances

In-school performances of The Barber of Seville, many accompanied by special pre-show classroom sessions, take place from January through March, 2015.

Opera Film Series

OMSI and Portland Opera are collaborating to present "Opera on Screen," HD showings of San Francisco Opera productions offered at OMSI's Empirical Theater.

Opera on Screen Series »

Radio Broadcasts

Opera on the airwaves, from Portland Opera season previews to Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee broadcasts.

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Resident Artist Community Performances

2014/15 marks the Resident Artist Program's tenth anniversary, as well as the company's 50th, and Resident Artists current and past will be featured in significant roles in all five productions.

In 2005, Portland Opera established the Resident Artists 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. In 2008, resident artist Brendan Tuohy was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions, Matthew Grills was a grand-prize winner in 2012 and Nicole Haslett was a finalist in 2014.

In the 2014/15 season, each mainstage production features current or alumni resident artists in major roles: André Chiang is Dr. Falke and Ian José Ramirez is Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus; Jennifer Forni is Micaëla, Ian José Ramirez is Remendado, and Alexander Elliott is Dancaïre in Carmen; Lindsay Ohse is Magnolia Hawks,  Hannah Penn is Julie La Verne, and Alexander Elliott is Steve Baker in Show Boat; Ian José Ramirez is Sellem in The Rake’s Progress; and Matthew Grills is Nemorino and Alexander Elliott is Belcore in The Elixir of Love.

Each resident artist gives an intimate solo art song recital at the Portland Art Museum during the season. As a group, they perform at many season previews, production previews, and other community-based concerts.

Click here for the Resident Artists Community Performances Schedule.

Click here for the Resident Artists Recital information.

Click here for more information on the 2014/15 Portland Opera Resident Artists.

The Resident Artists Program is made possible through the generous support of Gwen Burns, George and Lee Anne Carter, Jeannine B. Cowles, Martha Fletcher McCourt, Portland Opera Guild, and two generous friends of Portland Opera.

Classes

  • Opera In Depth

    Learn more about each opera at Portland Opera's special Opera In Depth lecture series. These 90-minute sessions feature fascinating stories, historical background and musical information about the composers, librettists and operas, illustrated by audio and visual examples and followed by a discussion period.

    Tickets Available Here
  • Opera Previews in Portland

    Opera Previews are held on the Sunday prior to opening night at the Multnomah County Central Library. 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.

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 Keller Auditorium Box Office and a 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.