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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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Eight shows this last week...

Greetings all.

Eight shows this last week, includes Woodmere Elementary, Jackson Middle School, Portland Jewish Academy, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the double bill at Hotel Oregon in McMinnville, 3 shows on our home turf at the Hampton Opera Center, and all the while busily preparing ourselves for the week ahead.

Somehow, I've acclimated to the pace. A typical day might be to rise before dawn, drive in good humor a good distance, splash the set in place as the space allows, don our costumes and watch each other make our entrances with the same vibrance found in those near forgotten days of dress rehearsal, only to exit, reload the truck as quickly and gracefully as we arrived, to do it all yet again often the same day for yet another room full of unsuspecting and subsequently delighted children and children at heart. It remains hard work, but it isn't hard to do, if you know what I mean. We all know the drill now, Elixer is solid and flexible. We are supported by each others professionalism and dedication to the discipline, and we are fueled with the gratitude of our audiences. It is an honor to be a part of.


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