Community Events


Portland Opera provides many opportunities to engage with the operas in our season and learn more about the art form. Here is a look at some of the great events we have planned for the upcoming season. For a complete list of programming, please visit our upcoming events section, sign up for our OPERAbuzz e-newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.


Great Singers of the 20th Century  |  Opera In Depth |
Opera Previews  |  At Each Performance | Student and Adult Education


Great Singers of the 20th Century

What is it about the opera that ignites our passions and illicits our most visceral emotional responses?  The human voice!  Explore that most lovely of all instruments with Portland Opera's Resident Historian and Lecturer, Bob Kingston. Through guided listening, this series of four classes will explore historic and modern opera recordings and changes in vocal style and aesthetic.  Each lecture will include extensive audio examples demonstrating the great singers of each voice type, including discussion of the differences between different fachs in each voice type. Mr. Kingston will share some of his favorite recordings of famous and little-known artists and arias, including highlights from historic Met broadcasts. In four 90-minute sessions, one for each voice type:

Tuesday, February 18, 7pm  |  Sopranos
Tuesday, February 25, 7pm  |  Mezzo-sopranos
Tuesday, March  4, 7pm  |  Tenors
Tuesday, March 11, 7pm  |  Baritones and Basses

Tickets are $90 for The Great Singers series or $25 for an individual session. Log into your Portland Opera Account for tickets, or call our Box Office at 503-241-1802 (M-F, 9-5). $10 Student Rush is available 1 hour prior to each lecture. Identification required. One ticket per qualifying person.


Opera In Depth Series

Learn more about each opera at Portland Opera's special Opera In Depth lecture series. These 90-minute sessions feature fascinating stories, historical background and musical information about the composers, librettists and operas.  These entertaining and illuminating presentations are illustrated by audio and visual examples and include a question-and-answer and discussion period.

Bob Kingston, Portland Opera's Resident Historian and Lecturer
Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera's Manager of Education and Outreach




Postcard From Morocco March 6, 20147:00pm-8:30pmThe Hampton Opera Center
The Pirates of Penzance April 28, 20147:00pm-8:30pmThe Hampton Opera Center


$25 Individual Lecture
 Student Rush is available 1 hour prior to each lecture. 
Identification required. One ticket per qualifying person.


Reserve Tickets:Call our Box Office at 503-241-1802 (M-F, 9-5)

All tickets are General Admission (no reserved seating).
7:00pm start, doors at 6:30pm.
Space is limited, so we recommend reserving your tickets in advance.



Opera Previews in Portland

Opera Previews are held a week prior to opening night at the Multnomah County Central Library, in the US Bank room. A member of our artistic staff and our Resident Artists will tantalize you with music and insightful information on the upcoming production.




Postcard From Morocco March 16, 20142:00pmMultnomah County Central Library
The Pirates of Penzance May 4, 20142:00pmMultnomah County Central Library


Beaverton Previews



The Pirates of Penzance May 6, 20147:00pmBeaverton Library Auditorium

All Opera Previews are free and tickets are not required.

At Each Performance:


Opera Insights

Opera Insights precede each performance held at the Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre.  These free half-hour lectures with Portland Opera's Resident Historian/Lecturer Bob Kingston are provided to give you a better understanding of the opera and all that surrounds it.  The lecture begins one hour before the performance and is held on the 1st balcony level of Keller Auditorium and the orchestra level of the Newmark Theatre.


Back Talk

Shortly after each performance, join General Director Christopher Mattaliano, along with conductors, directors, and performers for a lively Q&A session.  It is your chance to ask any questions about the performance you've just enjoyed.  Back Talk is held on the orchestra level.



Student and Adult Education

Each summer, Portland Opera pulls back the curtain, introducing the people who make opera come to life in a highly interactive class for adults. Portland Opera also regularly offers classes and lectures on opera to schools and community organizations upon request. For more information and to arrange a talk or workshop, please contact Alexis Hamilton, Manager of Education and Outreach.