News & Announcements

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018/19 Resident Artists

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 […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents Verdi’s Heartbreaking Romance La Traviata

Portland Opera is thrilled to begin the 2018/19 season with Verdi’s La Traviata. A crown jewel of grand opera, La Traviata tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry as she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. Haunted by her reputation and illness, Violetta navigates sexual politics and confronts societal expectations […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Offers Free, Family-Friendly Events This Summer

This summer, Portland Opera will host numerous free events as part of the 2018 opera season. From opera in the vineyard, to a live simulcast of Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, opera-lovers of all ages are invited to enjoy these fun, summer events. Cinderella Celebration, Sing-a-Long, and Ice Cream Social July 18, 2018, 12pm; Director […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents Rossini’s Cinderella Story, La Cenerentola

Portland Opera will present Rossini’s take on the classic Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning on July 13. This storybook new production, directed by General Director Christopher Mattaliano will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Carolyn Kuan, who makes her company debut with this piece, and will star Resident Artist Kate Farrar in the title role of […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018/19 Season

Portland Opera is pleased to announce programming for the company’s 55th season, scheduled to begin in November 2018. The season will launch with the recently announced “November classic” – Verdi’s heartbreaking romance La Traviata – bringing opera back to Portland in the fall months. In March, Portland Opera will present Laura Kaminsky’s brave and beautiful […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents Gounod’s Faust

Opening on June 8, Portland Opera will present the West Coast premiere of a groundbreaking new production of Gounod’s Faust. American visual artist John Frame, who exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in 2012, designs this new take on Goethe’s classic tale of making a pact with the devil in exchange for youth. Frame’s remarkable […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents Verdi’s Rigoletto

Portland Opera is pleased to present a traditional production of Verdi’s Rigoletto to the Portland community this spring. A staple of the operatic repertory, Rigoletto tells the story of the court jester who amuses the philandering and immoral Duke of Mantua. A doting and protective father to his beloved Gilda, Rigoletto’s life changes forever when […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents 2018 Big Night Concert

Portland Opera is pleased to present the company’s fifth annual Big Night concert on April 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Keller Auditorium. Music Director George Manahan will lead soloists, orchestra, and chorus from the 2018 season in an evening of opera’s greatest hits. The program, hosted by General Director Christopher Mattaliano, will feature […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces “November Classic” Opera

Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano announced today the addition of a “November Classic” opera to launch the 2018/19 season. The company will begin the season in November with four performances of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Keller Auditorium, and will continue to offer the majority of programming in spring and summer of 2019. This […]

Press Release: David Adam Moore in Schubert’s Song Cycle Winterreise

Fresh off of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, baritone and visual artist David Adam Moore performs Schubert’s Winterreise, bringing Schubert’s stunning song cycle to the Portland Opera stage for the first time. Based on 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, Winterreise (“Winter’s Journey”) follows a heartbroken poet on an existential trek across heavy snows and […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018 Resident Artists

Portland Opera’s General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the 2018 roster of young artists who will join the company’s Resident Artists program for emerging singers. “This season, more than 300 extremely qualified singers from around the country and globe applied to our program. We’re thrilled to introduce our four Resident Artists to our audiences, as […]

Press Release: State of the Arts—Portland Opera

As a proud member of OPERA America, Portland Opera is delighted to mark the occasion of November 1, 2017 as National Opera Advocacy Day, with a report highlighting community connections and impacts from the recently completed fifty-third season. OPERA America is the premier arts service organization promoting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces Reorganization

On the heels of its successful 2017 season, Portland Opera today announced a reorganization of company departments that will provide even better service for opera patrons and the community. The company’s Development, Marketing & Sales, and Patron Services departments will combine to form the Department of External Affairs. Sue Dixon, who has served the company […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Raises $1M at Baroque Ball Gala

Over 350 cultural, business, civic, artistic, and philanthropic leaders came together in support of Portland Opera on Saturday, September 16—raising $1M at the Baroque Ball gala at the Portland Art Museum. Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth made her Portland concert debut as part of the event, which was an evening […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Hosts Open House On October 1

On Sunday, October 1, Portland Opera will open the doors of the Hampton Opera Center to the community for a series of free daytime events, featuring an opera chorus rehearsal, close-up access to orchestra instruments, costume shop tours, performances of opera hits by the Opera a la Cart music truck, and a family-friendly performance of […]

Press Release: Portland Opera To Go Heads Back to School with Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE

Portland Opera (Christopher Mattaliano, General Director) is delighted to share a 50-minute, English language adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute as the 2017-18 Portland Opera To Go (POGO) performance for young audiences. This production is recommended for ages five and up. POGO promotes the performing arts through accessible artistic educational programming in elementary […]

Press Release: Portland Opera is awarded the Governor’s Arts Awards

News Release from the Oregon Arts Commission: For Immediate Release Sept. 5, 2017 Governor Kate Brown announces 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards; Two artists, three organizations honored with awards (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two artists and three organizations as winners of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards. Portland artist Arvie Smith and Yoncalla […]

Press Release: Portland Opera’s Baroque Ball to Feature Kristin Chenoweth

Portland Opera (Christopher Mattaliano, General Director) is pleased to welcome Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth to her Portland debut at the Baroque Ball gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The gala event will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception; followed by dinner and a presentation at 7 p.m. Chenoweth’s […]