The Snowy Day

Based on The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Composed by Joel Thompson
Libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney


Smiling snowmen, snow angels, and warm bubble baths: experience the magic of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved children’s book come to life on the opera stage. The Snowy Day follows the adventures of young Peter as he explores his neighborhood on a snowy day, making new friends and encountering unexpected wonders along the way. 

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1 hour and 5 minutes, no intermission
English with English captions
Family-friendly matinee
The Snowy Day is a perfect introduction to opera for young people.

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About the Composer & Librettist

Learn about the creators of this opera adaptation: Joel Thompson and Andrea Davis Pinkney. 

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Learn the Five Reasons Why

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Plan Your Opera Experience.

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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Learn more about the foundation and legacy of Ezra Jack Keats.

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Production Information

With music by Joel Thompson and libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney, the west coast premiere of this new opera is a celebration of imagination, nature, and friendship. Sung in English, The Snowy Day is a perfect introduction to opera for young people, and a joyful reminder for audiences of all ages about impermanence and the wonders of youth. 

Family-friendly matinee: the 2PM Sunday matinee will be a family-friendly performance.  That means that the audience experience will be a bit different in order to support the next generation of opera fans. We're currently listening to opera families to help guide what changes and accommodations will be in place. Please reach out with any questions or suggestions!

The Snowy Day is sung in English with English captions above the stage. 

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera 

Premiered by Houston Grand Opera in December 2021 

Special thanks to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Learn more about the foundation here

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


Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance (whether virtual or in person) includes live English captions projected above the stage, or streamed virtually on the screen.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performance will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage.

Learn more about accessibility at the Newmark Theatre 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 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,