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Portland Opera To Go

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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.

Week 5: Make it work!

Welcome POGO!
Hello Portland Opera Blog World!


Ksenia here….Your resident Queen of the Night/First Lady. We POGO-ers are extremely sorry about the lack of updates on our adventures, but I promise we are hard at work! I’m going to take you back to the last week of January, into the time machine we go……. (bzzzzz, meeep meep, DING!)


This week has really warmed our little POGO hearts. We have many a show, in many a place, but one of our favorites this week was most definitely visiting St. Mary’s Home for Boys. After presenting our show to the boys, we got to dine together. Each POGO-er sat at a table with 3-5 boys and talked about various aspects of our show, opera, and life in general. The gentlemen at my table ranged from 10 to 14 years old and had many questions….So many that I was asked sometimes 3 different questions at once and tried my best to keep up. There was much curiosity about where we visit, how I came to opera, where I was from (Seattle, woohoo!) and whether I preferred the Beavers or Ducks (this one left me

Traveling
Much of our travel time is spent like this...

a little puzzled until one of the other boys clued me in on the fact that these are local sports teams). 


We left the school with both our bellies and our hearts very full.


The same day, we visited Holladay Park Plaza for an evening performance. At first there was a bit of stress as to whether our set would fit inside the elevator and in the performance space, but as Tim Gunn might say we “Made it work.” This show was particularly interesting for me, as we had a woman in the audience who had sung Queen of the Night in her day. I only end up singing about half of the role, but I would say the more difficult half! She enjoyed the performance, which meant so very much to me.
 

Tamino, Sarastro, and Third Lady do a Twilight
photoshoot at Lourdes charter school

We wrapped up our week with a show at our neighbor’s — OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and after, they let us explore the museum — a must go if you haven’t! So much fun playing around the exhibits.


Well, that wraps up our last week of January. We’ve completed our first month! Two more to go, about 52 more shows to go!


Cheers-


Ksenia Popova
(Queen of the Night/First Lady)