History

Portland Opera celebrates five decades of great opera in 2014-15!

1964

General director and conductor Henry Holt leads the newly incorporated Portland Opera Association’s production of Die Fledermaus at the Madison High School auditorium.

1966

Conductor Herbert Weiskopf becomes general director.

1968

La Traviata stars soprano Anna Moffo.

1970

Herbert Weiskopf suffers a heart attack in the wings and dies just after conducting Lucia di Lammermoor, also with Anna Moffo. He is succeeded as general director by conductor Stefan Minde.

1975

American premiere of Ernst Krenek’s Life of Orestes.

1982

World premiere of Wuthering Heights by Bernard Herrmann.

1984

Stage director Robert Bailey is appointed general director. Portland Opera becomes the second American opera company to utilize projected English translations above the stage.

1987

Porgy and Bess is the company’s first American musical.

1990

World premiere of Lucy’s Lapses, commissioned by Portland Opera.

1994

Portland Opera becomes the first American opera company to present a subscription series of nationally touring Broadway shows.

1996

North American premiere of Reynaldo Hahn’s The Merchant of Venice.

1991

Christopher Mattaliano directs Manon, his first guest engagement with the company.

1997

Carmina Burana is paired with Pagliacci in a unique double-bill staged by Chris Mattaliano. BodyVox dance company develops out of the dance troupe that is assembled for the production.

1999

Handel’s Julius Caesar is the company’s first baroque opera staging. Portland Opera To Go (POGO) is established, bringing one-hour versions of classic operas to schools and community groups around the state.

2000

The Cunning Little Vixen features a return appearance by BodyVox.

2001

First international collaboration, with Austria’s Klagenfurt Opera on Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène.

2003

Stage director Christopher Mattaliano is appointed general director. The company moves into its new eastside home—The Hampton Opera Center—where music and staging rehearsals, a costume shop, and administrative offices are all housed under one roof.

2005

The Resident Artists program is established, providing career growth opportunities for talented young American singers.

2006

Co-production of John Adams’s Nixon in China with the Minnesota Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Co-production of Verdi’s Macbeth with the Vancouver Opera and Edmonton Opera.

2009

Cavalli’s La Calisto is the company’s first Newmark Theatre production and first collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra. The West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Orphée is commercially recorded by Orange Mountain Music.

2012

Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei becomes Portland Opera’s second commercial recording.

2013

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome is co-produced with Virginia Opera.

2014

The Pirates of Penzance is produced in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The company’s 50th anniversary season is launched with Die Fledermaus, followed by Carmen, Show Boat, The Rake’s Progress, and The Elixir of Love. Current and former Resident Artists are featured in major roles in every production.

Repertory List

  • 2014-2015

    Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, II

    Carmen, Bizet

    Show Boat, Kern and O. Hammerstein, II

    The Rake’s Progress, Stravinsky

    The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

  • 2013-2014

    Big Night Concert

    Salome, R. Strauss

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

    Postcard from Morocco, Argento

    The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan

  • 2012-2013

    Big Night Concert

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

    Tosca, Puccini

    Rinaldo, Handel

    Falstaff, Verdi

  • 2011-2012

    Big Night Concert

    The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    Galileo Galilei, Glass

    Candide, Bernstein

  • 2010-2011

    Pagliacci, Leoncavallo & Carmina Burana, Orff

    Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck

    Turandot, Puccini

    L’Heure Espagnole & L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel

  • 2009-2010

    La Bohème, Puccini

    Orphée, Glass

    Così fan Tutte, Mozart

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

    Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein, Il Ballo Delle Ingrate &
 Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Monteverdi

  • 2008-09

    La Traviata, Verdi

    Fidelio, Beethoven

    The Turn of the Screw, Britten

    Rigoletto, Verdi

    La Calisto, Cavalli

  • 2007-08

    Carmen, Bizet

    Cinderella, Rossini

    Rodelinda, Handel

    Aida, Verdi

    Albert Herring, Britten

  • 2006-07

    Faust, Gounod

    The Return of Ulysses, Monteverdi

    Norma, Bellini

    The Flying Dutchman, Wagner

    The Magic Flute, Mozart

  • 2005-06

    Tosca, Puccini

    The Rape of Lucretia, Britten

    Macbeth, Verdi

    Nixon in China, Adams

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

  • 2004-05

    The Journey to Reims, Rossini

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    Street Scene, Weill

    The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart

  • 2003-04

    The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

    Turandot, Puccini

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

  • 2002-03

    Il Trovatore, Verdi

    The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

    The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach

    A View from The Bridge, Bolcom

  • 2001-02

    La Traviata, Verdi

    The Pearl Fishers, Bizet

    Così fan tutte, Mozart

    The Consul, Menotti

    Candide, Bernstein

  • 2000-01

    Carmen, Bizet

    Otello, Verdi

    La Bohème, Puccini

    Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc

    La Belle Hélène, Offenbach

  • 1999-00

    Aïda, Verdi

    Werther, Massenet

    Pagliacci, Leoncavallo & Carmina Burana, Orff

    The Cunning Little Vixen, Janácek

    The Mikado, Sullivan

  • 1998-99

    Rigoletto, Verdi

    Don Pasquale, Donizetti

    Faust, Gounod

    Julius Caesar, Handel

  • 1997-98

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

    Roméo et Juliette, Gounod

    Tosca, Puccini

    The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev

    The Student Prince, Romberg

  • 1996-97

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    The Merchant of Venice, Hahn

    The Magic Flute, Mozart

    Pagliacci, Leoncavallo & Carmina Burana, Orff

  • 1995-96

    Turandot, Puccini

    Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss

    Sweeney Todd, Sondheim

    Jenufa, Janàcek

    The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

  • 1994-95

    La Bohème, Puccini

    The Flying Dutchman, Wagner

    The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

    Porgy and Bess, Gershwin

  • 1993-94

    Carmen, Bizet

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

    Man of La Mancha, Leigh

    Don Carlo, Verdi

    Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, II

  • 1992-93

    Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky

    The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

    Così fan tutte, Mozart

    La Traviata, Verdi

  • 1991-92

    Samson and Delilah, Saint-Saëns

    Falstaff, Verdi

    Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck

    The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti

    My Fair Lady, Lerner & Lowe

  • 1990-91

    Rigoletto, Verdi

    Salome, R. Strauss

    Manon, Massenet

    La Favorita, Donizetti

    Carousel, Rogers

  • 1989-90

    Aïda, Verdi

    Faust, Gounod

    Don Pasquale, Donizetti

    Lucy’s Lapses, Drobny

    Show Boat, Kern

  • 1988-89

    Tosca, Puccini

    The Pearl Fishers, Bizet

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

    The Merry Widow, Lehàr

  • 1987-88

    Roméo et Juliette, Gounod

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    Andrea Chénier, Giordano

    The Magic Flute, Mozart

  • 1986-87

    La Bohème, Puccini

    Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss

    Macbeth, Verdi

    Porgy and Bess, Gershwin

  • 1985-86

    The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach

    Pagliacci, Leoncavallo & Gianni Schicchi, Puccini

    Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

    Turandot, Puccini

  • 1984-85

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

    Carmen, Bizet

    A Masked Ball, Verdi

    Martha, von Flotow

  • 1983-84

    Lohengrin, Wagner

    Così fan tutte, Mozart

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

    The Bartered Bride, Smetana

  • 1982-83

    La Traviata, Verdi

    Wuthering Heights, Herrmann

    Girl of the Golden West, Puccini

    Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss

  • 1981-82

    Rigoletto, Verdi

    Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky

    The Abduction from the Seraglio, Mozart

    Manon Lescaut, Puccini

  • 1980-81

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

    Tosca, Puccini

    Die Walküre, Wagner

    Don Pasquale, Donizetti

  • 1979-80

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    Faust, Gounod

    Fidelio, Beethoven

    Il Trovatore, Verdi

  • 1978-79

    Norma, Bellini

    The Flying Dutchman, Wagner

    The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti

    La Bohème, Puccini

  • 1977-78

    Carmen, Bizet

    Elektra, R. Strauss

    The Magic Flute, Mozart

    Falstaff, Verdi

  • 1976-77

    The Consul, Menotti

    Werther, Massenet

    Cinderella, Rossini

    Die Meistersinger, Wagner

  • 1975-76

    La Traviata, Verdi

    Life of Orestes, Krenek

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

    Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss

  • 1974-75

    Rigoletto, Verdi

    Der Freischütz, von Weber

    The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

    Salome, R. Strauss

  • 1973-74

    The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach

    La Bohème, Puccini

    Don Pasquale, Donizetti

    Ariadne auf Naxos, R. Strauss

  • 1972-73

    Carmen, Bizet

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

    Hansel and Gretel, Humperdinck

    Così fan tutte, Mozart

    Tristan und Isolde, Wagner

  • 1971-72

    La Rondine, Puccini

    The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart

    Tosca, Puccini

    Der Rosenkavalier, R. Strauss

  • 1970-71

    Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni

    Pagliacci, Leoncavallo

    Fidelio, Beethoven

    A Masked Ball, Verdi

    Don Giovanni, Mozart

  • 1969-70

    Aïda, Verdi

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

    Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti

    The Magic Flute, Mozart

  • 1968-69

    Otello, Verdi

    The Flying Dutchman, Wagner

    Manon, Massenet

    Il Trovatore, Verdi

  • 1967-68

    La Bohème, Puccini

    La Traviata, Verdi

    Carmen, Bizet

    Rigoletto, Verdi

  • 1966-67

    Faust, Gounod

    Tosca, Puccini

    Madame Butterfly, Puccini

  • 1965-66

    The Bartered Bride, Smetana

    The Barber of Seville, Rossini

  • 1964-65

    Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss, II

    La Bohème, Puccini