News & Announcements

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: […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

Portland Opera is thrilled to bring its production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville to the stage this June. Considered one of the greatest comic operas of all time, Rossini’s opera tells the story of the Count Almaviva, who has fallen for the charming Rosina, and enlists the help of the town barber Figaro […]

Media Alert: 2019 Resident Artist Series: Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone

Portland Opera’s 2019 Resident Artist Series:  Geoffrey Schellenberg, Baritone Portland Opera hosts a special community recital featuring baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg, in his first year as a resident artist with the company. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox joins Schellenberg on piano. The Resident Artist Series features intimate and direct performances – focused […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents 2019 Big Night Concert

Portland Opera is thrilled to present the company’s annual Big Night concert on May 11, 2019 at the Keller Auditorium. Music Director George Manahan will lead the Portland Opera chorus, orchestra, resident artists, and guest soloists in an evening of some of the most beautiful music ever composed, with works by Verdi, Bizet, Mozart, and […]

Media Alert: 2019 Resident Artist Series: Thomas Cilluffo, Tenor

Portland Opera’s 2019 Resident Artist Series:  Thomas Cilluffo, Tenor Portland Opera hosts a special community recital featuring tenor Thomas Cilluffo, in his second year as a resident artist with the company. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox joins Cilluffo on piano. The Resident Artist Series features intimate and direct performances – focused […]

Media Alert: 2019 Resident Artist Series: Helen Huang, Soprano

Portland Opera’s 2019 Resident Artist Series: Helen Huang, Soprano Portland Opera hosts a special community recital featuring soprano Helen Huang, in her second year as a resident artist with the company. The recital will focus on works by female composers and poets, and will also feature Chinese folk and art songs. Portland Opera’s Chorus Master […]

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 […]