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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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We're Baaaaaaack!

As of Saturday, with the help of our fearless leaders, Alexis Hamilton & Kristine McIntyre, POGO has already completed the staging of The Magic Flute. Everyone is excited to bring this revival to the masses across the State. I, for one, may just bust from excitement before our second week of rehearsals can be completed. Our morning starts have been given a little boost by the close proximity of coffee and chocolate bars, but the ball quickly gets rolling and we’re off to the races for the rest of the day.

A few photos from our rehearsals!

We have lots of great treats to offer this year! Returning POGO members are Ainsley Soutiere as “Pamina,” (that's me!) Dru Rutledge as “Papagena / 2nd Lady,” Stacey Murdock reviving the role of “Papageno,” collaborative pianist David Saffert, and tour manager Samm Hawkins. We are also so excited to have new friends from all over the country join us! Anthony Ballard as “Tamino,” Claudia Chapa as “3rd Lady,” Kevin Bertin as “Sarastro” and Ksenia Popova as “The Queen of the Night / 1st Lady”. These new artists have so much to offer to POGO, the kids, and are fantastic singers to boot! Stay tuned to the blogs, you will love their approach to this experience.