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Portland Opera To Go


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.

Polishing, safety, and tacos...POGO Week 2!

After a restful weekend, the intrepid POGO troupe assembled on a chilly Monday morning ready for another week of staging rehearsals!

Monday was a work through day.  We started at the beginning and scene by scene we went through fixing and polishing The Magic Flute.  There was lots of repetition, but it was a very productive and rewarding day.

We had a safety class on Tuesday.  On the Portland Opera To Go tour we are our own road crew, therefore, we needed instruction on proper lifting and carrying procedures.  Mission accomplished!  After the meeting we had another run through.  The show is going to be awesome!  Everyone sounds amazing!  At 1 o’clock we broke for lunch.

Most of the artists are really good about fixing their own lunches, but I like to sample the cafes around the opera.  Cooper’s Coffee is a great place for lunch.  Cooper’s has great sandwiches, wraps, soups, and an amazing Mediterranean quiche.    Across from Cooper’s is a great little taco truck!  La Merced has handmade tamales and some of the best burritos I have ever had!  Kevin, Anthony,  Claudia and I all give La Merced 2 thumbs up!  This is my 9th season with POGO, and one of my favorite lunch spots is Tennessee Red’s.  They make some great BBQ on 11th and Grant!

Wednesday we finally got our costumes!  Once we get our complete costumes and props, we found new issues!  It’s part of the process.  Our amazing director, Kristine McIntire, is very adept at resolving any problems that arise.  We went through the show 3 times on Wednesday!  Yikes!  Most days on tour we will have 2 shows a day, but sometimes 3!  Pretty sure Papageno is going to loose some major weight!

There was more rehearsing on Thursday, all leading up to our final dress on Friday.  A final dress is when it all comes together!  We had an invited audience that included the staff of Portland Opera.  Some brought friends, and some brought children.  The performance was a success!  The audience was great, and it was really fun to finally have people there to share in this production.

Busy week!  We are looking forward to a restful weekend, and excited for the next 81 performances!

See you at the opera!

— Stacey Murdock


Learn more about Portland Opera To Go here, and check out our schedule of public performances!