Community

For over five decades, Portland Opera has contributed to the cultural, artistic, and economic landscape of the city and region that we love. We work with partners, advocates, and allies to strengthen our vibrant community.

You can connect with us outside of the theatre through radio broadcasts, at area schools and free library previews, by visiting our award-winning Opera a la Cart “food truck,” and much more.

Portland Opera is a proud member of OPERA America.

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

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 more information on this program and a list of upcoming events go here.

School Performances

In-school performances are often accompanied by special pre-show classroom sessions and take place from September – December.

Opera Film Series

Opera on the silver screen.

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Radio Broadcasts

Opera on the airwaves! Tune into All Classical Portland for previews, interviews, and programs featuring Portland Opera.

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Resident Artist Community Performances

Portland Opera is thrilled to announce the artists who will join the 2018/19 season Resident Artist program: returning soprano Helen Huang, mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman, returning tenor Thomas Cilluffo, and baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg.

Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program provides a bridge from the music conservatory world to the professional opera stage. Each year, over 300 singers apply for this highly respected two-year residency and training program. 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.

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Classes

  • 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

We’re proud to be able to offer rush tickets!

Rush tickets are available the day of each performance, starting at noon, to seniors over age 62, and active military personnel. Rush tickets for students are available the Monday before each performance online, or by giving us a call.

• $10 for students and active military personnel
• $20 for seniors over age 62
• Three tickets per qualifying purchaser
• Photo ID is required at Will Call
• Rush tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable
For more information, call our Patron Services team at 503-241-1802, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Portland Opera also 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.