News & Announcements

Press Release: Portland Opera presents An Evening with Portland Opera

Next month, Portland Opera will present An Evening with Portland Opera: A Free & Virtual Concert from Rose City. The online benefit concert will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7:30PM, and will be available for free on Portland Opera’s Vimeo and YouTube channels. Hosted by General Director Sue Dixon, conducted by Music […]

Press Release: Karen Slack and Damien Geter join Portland Opera as Artistic Advisors

Portland Opera is delighted to announce that renowned artists Karen Slack and Damien Geter have joined the company as Artistic Advisors. Slack and Geter will work with General Director Sue Dixon, and interim Artistic Director Daniel Biaggi, on expanded repertoire, casting, public programming, and community engagement. “Karen and Damien represent a new generation of leadership—informed […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces Cancellation of Remaining 2019/20 Season

General Director Sue Dixon, and Curtis T. Thompson, MD, President of the Board of Directors, announce the cancellation of the remaining productions in Portland Opera’s 2019/2020 season. In response to recommendations and restrictions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Governor Kate Brown, the City of Portland, and local […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces the 2020/21 Season

Portland Opera is pleased to announce programming for the 2020/21 season, which will open on September 11, 2020. The season will launch in the fall with Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Frida, starring soprano Catalina Cuervo in the title role. This will be followed by the company’s fall classic opera, Puccini’s enduring drama Tosca, in October and […]

Media Alert: 2020 Resident Artist Series: Geoffrey Schellenberg

Portland Opera’s 2020 Resident Artist Series: Geoffrey Schellenberg, baritone Portland Opera is delighted to host a special community recital featuring baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg in his second year as a resident artist with the company. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox joins Schellenberg on piano. The recital will feature works by Ralph Vaughan […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents Vivaldi’s Bajazet

Portland Opera continues the 2019/20 season with a rare production of Vivaldi’s pasticcio Bajazet. This production is a collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra, one of the country’s largest period performance orchestras who specialize in the works of the Baroque and Classical eras. Portland Opera is thrilled to welcome numerous artists to the company for the […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents An American Quartet

Portland Opera continues the 2019/20 season with the premiere of a new production entitled An American Quartet: Four One-Act Operas. Each of these pieces, written by American composers, will be presented in the intimate black box theatre at Portland Opera’s Hampton Opera Center. In The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti, constant calling interrupts a young man’s intentions […]

Media Alert: 2020 Resident Artist Series: Camille Sherman

Portland Opera’s 2020 Resident Artist Series: Camille Sherman, Mezzo-soprano Portland Opera is delighted to host a special community recital featuring mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman in her second year as a resident artist with the company. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox joins Sherman on piano. The recital will feature works by Ravel, Mahler, […]

Press Release: Sue Dixon Named General Director of Portland Opera

Portland Opera’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Sue Dixon has been named as the company’s sixth general director. “The Board of Directors is confident that Sue’s leadership positions the company to thrive,” says Curtis T. Thompson, MD, president of the board of directors of Portland Opera. “It is an exciting time, and […]

Press Release: Daniel Biaggi Joins Portland Opera as Interim Artistic Director

Portland Opera is pleased to announce that Daniel Biaggi, outgoing general director at Palm Beach Opera, and artistic advisor to the Atkins Young Artist Program at the Mariinsky Theatre, will join the company this fall in a newly established role as interim artistic director. “I am so excited to welcome Daniel to Portland Opera as […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Opens 55th Season with Madama Butterfly

Portland Opera will mark the start of the 2019/20 season with Giacomo Puccini’s powerful drama Madama Butterfly. This production will feature the U.S. debut of acclaimed soprano Hiromi Omura as the title character, a role she has sung with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House, the Latvian National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and The […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2019/20 Resident Artists

Portland Opera is pleased to announce the artists joining the company’s 2019/20 Resident Artist program: soprano Emilie Faiella, returning mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman, tenor Ricardo Garcia, and returning baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg. Portland Opera established the Resident Artist Program in 2005, providing a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage for talented emerging singers, who […]

Press Release: Flora + Fauna Fall Ball Raises Over $1M for Portland Opera

More than 350 cultural, business, civic, artistic, and philanthropic leaders came together in support of Portland Opera on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Flora + Fauna Fall Ball at the Sentinel Hotel. Portland Opera is delighted to announce that the event successfully raised over $1 million dollars —as a result of the generosity of […]

Press Release: Portland Opera To Go presents La Bohème

Portland Opera is thrilled to present a 50-minute version of Puccini’s La Bohème as the 2019 Portland Opera to Go production. This accessible and romantic Puccini opera concerns the fortunes of four young men, whose lives are changed forever when one of them, the poet Rodolfo, falls in love with the girl upstairs. For almost […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces Executive Leadership Transition

Portland Opera announces an executive leadership transition, with General Director Christopher Mattaliano, who has led the company for 16 years, transitioning to the role of Artistic Consultant beginning with the 2019-20 season. Sue Dixon, current Director of External Affairs will serve as Interim General Director as of July 15. Dixon joined the company in May […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera

Portland Opera is thrilled to present a new production of Mozart’s heartbreaking and comedic work La Finta Giardiniera this July. In this opera from 1775, the heroine Violante goes into hiding as “the disguised gardener” at the Mayor’s (Podesta’s) country estate after escaping her abusive lover, Count Belfiore. As she chooses forgiveness, a dizzying cast […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2019/20 Season

Portland Opera is pleased to announce programming for the company’s 56th season, which will open on October 25, 2019. The season will launch with one of the most powerful operas of all time, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starring internationally acclaimed soprano Hiromi Omura in the title role. In February, the company will present An American Quartet: […]