News & Announcements

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 […]

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 […]