Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song

Various composers and librettists


Enter Shakespeare’s forest: a place of magic, love and transformation. Here, to honor Shakespeare’s first folio, we’ll be immersed in an evening of story and song inspired by 20th century adaptations of his enduring works. Through sweet melody and poignant poetry, we’ll celebrate the natural magic of the bard—to honor that which enchants us still, four hundred years later.

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2 hours, 1 intermission
English with English captions

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Celebrating 400 Years

This production is curated in partnership with Shakespeare's First Folio: 1623–2023, a public humanities project at Portland State University.

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Production Information

Join us in the forest for a picnic, and toast to the magic of Shakespeare! This immersive experience will include cabaret-style seating, libations, as well as savory and sweet treats. We’ll soak in beautiful melodic and tonal music including works by Benjamin Britten, Betty Jackson King, and other celebrated composers, as we travel through As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and more.

Featuring voice, piano, and a woodwind quintet from the Portland Opera Orchestra. Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song is sung in English with English captions above the stage.



Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance includes live English captions projected above the stage.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performances will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage. This production has two matinees to choose from!

Learn more about accessibility at the Hampton Opera Center 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

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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. 

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Portland Opera is grateful for the ongoing philanthropic support from our individual patrons and generous donors, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, 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.