ABSENCE: Terence Blanchard

with the Portland Opera Orchestra


Join us in welcoming jazz great and celebrated opera composer Terence Blanchard (Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Champion) and an incredible line-up to the Portland Opera stage for this one-night-only celebration. In collaboration with the Portland Opera Orchestra, we'll hear from guest stars for an unforgettable night of musical fusion and ensemble work.


Portland Opera's Co-Artistic Advisor Karen Slack makes her Portland Opera debut, with guest artist and Portland-favorite Will Liverman. Plus, Maestro Damien Geter (Co-Artistic Advisor and Interim Music Director) makes his Portland Opera conducting debut.


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Start Time
8 PM
1 hour, 50 minutes
Sung in English
After Party
Content warning
A piece from Terence Blanchard's opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones includes an account of sexual abuse and content that might not be appropriate for all audiences.

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Production Information

This one-night-only celebration features Terence Blanchard and his ensemble, along with the Portland Opera Orchestra, for an unforgettable performance.

You'll hear selections from Absence (Blue Note Records, 2021), as well as the Grammy Award-winning opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones, and other compositions by jazz + opera great, Terence Blanchard.

Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.

Read the Program

You can find additional information about Terence Blanchard and this concert in our latest edition of Toi, Toi Toi Magazine


Learn more about accessibility at the Keller. Auditorium here. If you require wheelchair accessible and/or companion seating, or have any other hearing or vision needs, please call us to purchase tickets so that we can ensure your visit to the theatre is an excellent one.

When We Gather

When We Gather

Our commitment to cultural equity continues to inform our audience policies and experiences. When we gather, it must be with respect and with care for the entire community.  

Let us be clear: there is no place for bigotry, discrimination, hate, harassment, or intolerance at Portland Opera.  

Behaviors that are disrespectful, discriminatory, or not aligned with our policies for attendance (including health and safety and firearm policies) will not be tolerated, and audience members may be asked to leave the premises and/or be prohibited from returning in the future. 

Thank you for joining us in creating a safe and welcoming Portland Opera space for everyone.  

Community sponsors


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.