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Each year Portland Opera To Go takes an opera on the road, sharing the power of opera, music, and theater with schools and communities throughout Oregon and SW Washington. It’s not necessarily the easiest thing in the world, as you might imagine. But it’s one of the most rewarding . . . for us and for the thousands upon thousands of students who get to experience live opera, many for the first time.

And this blog will give you a first-hand view from the performers themselves of what it’s like when Opera hits the road!


Here’s a link to more information on the tour and the program.

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"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."

It never ceases to amaze me how each audience reacts differently to our opera.  We have presented The Elixir of Love to kindergartners, children, teenagers, and adults of all ages, including an audience at a senior living community.

Sometimes the reactions are predictable: adult audiences tend to react to the things we say, while young children react to the things we do.  Other times, a particularly resonant or reverberant acoustic causes the words to be less distinguishable.  And in a few cases the lighting in the venue is so low I wondered whether we could even be seen at all.  Then there is the exciting opportunity to perform in the beautiful theater at Eastern Oregon University, complete with stage lights and a hyper responsive audience. But even with without all these variables, it seems that watching an opera can mean wildly different things to our audiences.

I feel extremely fortunate to be an ambassador not only for opera, but for all the performing arts.  So often it seems that performing arts organizations struggle to encourage people to attend.  There's some sort of barrier between people's lives and a seat in an auditorium.  We create new ways to get people to buy tickets and market our productions.  But we often forget the effectiveness of going to our audience instead of asking them to come to us.