Portland Opera to Go

For more than 20 years, Portland Opera to Go (nicknamed POGO) has shared opera experiences with communities around the region.

World premiere: Beatrice this September

This year we commissioned a 50-minute youth opera, Beatrice, by composer Dave Ragland and librettist Mary McCallum for the fall 2022 Portland Opera to Go tour.

Beatrice is inspired by the life and story of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, a prominent leader in Oregon’s cultural community and civil rights movement of the early 1900s. This opera and was written for middle grade audiences, focused on fourth through ninth grades, and will tour schools throughout the state and region.

The opera was workshopped with the community in April, 2022 and will have its world premiere in September with two public performances at the Hampton Opera Center.

School performances are being booked now for the fall semester, at discounted rates. Educators can contact Alexis Hamilton for more information. 

The world premiere of this commission was made possible with support from the RACC Arts Education & Access Fund.

Learn more about Beatrice.

Can I access Beatrice digitally?

You bet. A digital version of Beatrice will be available to educators this fall. Please contact Alexis Hamilton for more information about how to share it with your class or group!

Distance Learning: Opera Elements

In response to the pandemic, Portland Opera has partnered with Portland Public Schools and Gresham-Barlow School District to create Opera Elements, a series of 3 virtual lesson plans and activities for students.  Made up of both synchronous and asynchronous activities, these lesson plans focus on 3 main topics: the voice, the building blocks of opera, and composing.

Access Opera Elements here!

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the different voice types with the Portland Opera Resident Artists and Manager of Education and Community Engagement, Alexis Hamilton, create their own arias, and learn more about composing from Portland Opera’s Co-Artistic Advisor and Composer, Damien Geter.

How do you POGO?

Each year, the Portland Opera to Go company performs 50-minute versions of operas for students. These are sung in English, or English and Spanish as bilingual productions. Some favorite past productions have been The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, The Elixir of Love, The Barber of Seville, and La Bohème. The company travels over 5,000 miles throughout Oregon and southern Washington to spark the imaginations of students, educators, and teachers. So far, more than 275,000+ people have engaged with Portland Opera to Go. 

 “The children loved it. It never ceases to amaze me how well the children engage... And it does my heart good to see [them] enjoy it so much. By allowing the children to interact, you give them a voice” 
- An educator from Ontario, Oregon

Performances happen in school gyms, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms, and community centers—all with full costumes and portable scenery. Integrated in-class workshops are available as part of the POGO experience, as well as teacher guides highlighting curricular connections aligned with state standards.

We believe that the arts are an essential part of every student's development. Our program focuses on schools with economic and geographic barriers to accessing performing arts experiences. Over 50% of schools visited are Title I schools in rural communities. We've shared POGO performances in Oregon and Washington—as well as parts of California, and Idaho.


Can I see POGO with my family, rather than at school?

Every year, we share two performances of POGO at The Hampton Opera Center in Portland. Families can easily park, and attend this friendly performance together. General admission tickets are $35 for Adults and $10 for Students/Youth. Tickets for Beatrice go on sale on Monday, August 1st.


Can I share POGO with my school or community?

We would love to share the magic of opera with you! If you are an educator interested in bringing Portland Opera to Go or Opera Elements to your students, please contact Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera’s Manager of Education and Community Engagement by emailing ahamilton@Portlandopera.org.

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POGO Champions

Portland Opera to Go is generously supported by The Standard, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation, PGE Foundation, John & Carol Steele, and the BNSF Railway Foundation with additional support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Arts Education & Access Fund and from individuals like you, who want to see this program grow and thrive. 

With additional support from:

Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of our generous donors, The Collins Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund, special support from The CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, and The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program.