As a leading convener for arts and culture in the Portland metro area and Oregon, Portland Opera is continuing to develop protocols, practices, and plans to keep our audiences, artists, employees, staff, and collaborators safe. Our goal remains to assist in containing the spread of the virus, while advocating for the long-term health of our organization, and the well-being of the many wonderful people who constitute Portland Opera.
Multnomah County, Oregon, where Portland Opera is headquartered, entered Phase I reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic on June 19—along with neighboring Washington and Clackamas counties—and is permitted progression in the reopening phases by certain public health indicators. Public performances with audiences are permitted only in the final phases of the state’s reopening plan.
As part of the company’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the staff, artists, ensemble, and audience members, Portland Opera has engaged a team of medical advisors to review all safety procedures and protocols, ensuring the company is in line with the best and current medical advice on an ongoing basis.
The company has also upgraded the HVAC system and transformed the Hampton Opera Center into a digital studio, allowing for unique production of content for broadcast. We are building our action plans by following guidelines established by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. You can learn more about the framework for these plans here.