2019/20 Season Cancellation Update | April 2, 2020

Thank you for your patronage of Portland Opera. It’s with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel the remaining performances of our 2019/20 Season. This cancellation began with Bajazet, and now includes the Big Night concert, Pagliacci, and Three Decembers, as well as public programming events surrounding those productions. This cancellation also includes the Portland Opera Resident Artist recital series.

Our intention with this decision is to honor the well-being of our community and our company, while contributing to solutions to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19. The health and wellness of our audiences and company members remain of paramount importance to us. That is why we will not take this risk, and that is why our team is working diligently with artists, musicians, and collaborators to focus on the future of Portland Opera and our upcoming season.

We’ll be back soon. Our team is working remotely, but that won’t keep us from using this time to dive into strategy, planning, and future building. We are going to share Opera a la Cart around town, and keep you connected with our Resident Artists and engagement teams through digital content. And, when we have the chance to be together at the opera this autumn, it will be exponentially more joyful and bittersweet, for having missed you during this challenging time.

We’ve been a member of this vibrant arts ecosystem since 1964, and we intend to continue to grow. We are privileged to be a leading arts employer and cultural institution in service of our region, and that responsibility anchors our vision for our future. 


Subscribers, members, and patrons who have already purchased tickets to cancelled productions have options:

  • You may opt to donate your tickets back to the Portland Opera as a tax deductible, charitable donation.
  • You may receive a full refund for the value of your tickets.

Our Patron Services team is working remotely to handle a large volume of requests, and we appreciate your patience. Please use the form below to email us your preferences, and we will respond as soon as we are able. Please note: if you purchased single tickets online through Ticketmaster, we cannot accept your ticket donation, and you will receive an automatic refund. Please allow up to 15 days for processing. We are doing our best to provide excellent customer service during this time, and greatly value your patronage.


As a nonprofit, Portland Opera needs your support. Please consider making a gift today in any amount, and help us navigate this difficult time. There is an “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, recent stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60% of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100% of AGI for contributions made in 2020.

19/20 Ticket Cancellation Preferences

  • Please select only one of these options.