Going to the Opera

People going to the opera—especially those going for the first time—often have questions about the details of the experience. Here are a few answers to the most often asked questions. 

 

VENUE

All of Portland Opera's performances are staged at the Keller Auditorium, with the exception our spring chamber opera, which is held at the Newmark Theatre.

 

 

PROJECTED TRANSLATIONS

Every Portland Opera production features projected English translations.

In 1984, Portland Opera was one of the first companies to pioneer the use of one of the most important opera innovations in history—supertitles. With these quick and easy translations projected above the stage, you'll never miss a minute of the action, or any of the jokes.

 

 

POST-SHOW Q & A

After each performance, join General Director Christopher Mattaliano for "Back Talk," a Q&A session about the performance.  Guests include performers, conductors and directors.
Orchestra Level

 

 

PRE-CURTAIN TALKS

Before each performance, join us for "Opera Insights" – engaging pre-curtain music and history talks with Bob Kingston, Portland Opera's Resident Historian and Lecturer. 
One hour before each performance.  First Balcony Level Seating Area.

 

 

CHILDREN 

We encourage you to gauge your child's level of comfort with sitting quietly and considerately through a production. Keep in mind that productions can vary in length anywhere from two to three hours and often deal with mature themes. You know your child best!  All patrons, including children, must be ticketed for the performance.

 

 

WHAT TO WEAR ... WHAT TO WEAR

For many, nights at the opera provide the chance to don tuxedos and gowns. For others, it's suits and dresses. But you'll also find a few who prefer something a bit more casual. Suit yourself on this one!
 

 


WHAT TIME TO ARRIVE

Portland Opera performances begin at 7:30pm sharp for evening performances and 2:00pm for Sunday matinees. Out of respect for the performers and for patrons who have arrived on time, latecomers (as well as people leaving the seating area during the performance) are seated only at intermission. It is wise to allow a little extra time for the many things you can't control, like traffic.

 

 

FRAGRANCES

As a courtesy to others who are sitting only inches away (and who may be allergic to fragrances), it's always a good idea to use fragrances sparingly.

 

 

HI-TECH GADGETRY

Out of respect for the performers and fellow patrons, please silence personal phones and electronic devices. These items can also be checked at the Coat Room, where you may notify the attendant of your seat location in the event of an emergency. Cameras and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

 

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SUBSCRIBERS

A night out at the opera is a very special event. To make your evening even better, we've partnered with some of the area's favorite restaurants and hotels to provide Portland Opera subscribers with some exclusive discounts. For specific offers, please refer to your season guide or watch for promotions in the OPERABuzz e-newsletter (Sign up here).

 

Restaurants
 

Please join our Featured Restaurant Partner:
  
 

Nel Centro

503-484-1099
1408 SW 6th Ave.
(adjacent to Hotel Modera)

 

   
Please join our Restaurant Partners:  
   


 

Higgins Restaurant & Bar

503-222-9070
1239 SW Broadway (at Jefferson) 

 

Raven & Rose Restaurant & Bar Downtown

503-222-7673
1331 SW Broadway

Southpark logo

 

Southpark Restaurant

503-326-1300
901 SW Salmon Street

Nostrana logo

 

 

Nostrana

503-234-2427
1401 SE Morrison 
Pazzo logo
 

Pazzo Ristorante

503-228-1515
627 SW Washington (at Broadway) 

 

Piazza Italia logo

 


Piazza Italia


1129 NW Johnson
503-478-0619

 


 

 

Streetcar Bistro & Taproom

503-227-2988
1101 NW Northrup in the Pearl

 

 

 

 

Ringside Fish House

503-227-3900
838 SW Park Ave. (at Fox Tower)

 

Hotels
 

The Benson Hotel logo

 

 

The Benson

503-228-2000 / 309 Southwest Broadway

Hotel Modera logo

 

 

Hotel Modera

503 484-1084 / 515 SW Clay 

 

 

the Nines

503-222-9996/ 525 SW Morrison