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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.

Singing for your Supper

Greetings!  I'm David, the collaborative pianist for POGO.  This is my 3rd year on tour and it's been a busy one.  Want to see what our schedule looked like last week?  Here it is.

Monday 3/4
7:30 - Meet at HOC and depart for View Acres Elementary (Milwaukie)
8 - Arrive and setup at VAE
9 - Classroom time
10- Magic Flute
11-12 - Lunch
12:30 - Magic Flute
1:30 - Load truck and depart for HOC

Tuesday 3/5
10:30 - Meet at HOC and depart for St. Joseph School (Salem)
12 - Arrive and setup at SJS
1 - Classroom time
2 - Magic Flute
3 - Load truck and depart for HOC

Wednesday 3/6
7:15 - Meet at HOC and depart for Glencoe Elementary(Portland)
7:45 - Arrive and setup at GE
8:30 - Magic Flute
9:40 - Magic Flute
10:40 - Load truck and depart for HOC

Thursday 3/7
6 - Meet at HOC and depart for Cannon Beach Elementary
8 - Arrive and setup at CBE
8:50 - Classroom time
9:50 - Magic Flute
10:50 - Load truck and depart for Nehalem Elementary
12:40 Arrive and setup at NE
1:40 - Magic Flute
2:40 - Load truck and depart for hotel - Riverwalk Inn, Astoria

Friday 3/8
7:10 - Meet in lobby and depart for Lewis and Clark Elementary (Astoria)
7:30 - Arrive and setup at L&CE
8:30 - Magic Flute
10:00 - Magic Flute
11 - Load truck
11:40- 1 - Lunch
1:30 - Classroom time
2 - depart for HOC

As you can see, there's a lot to do.  We performed 9 shows in 5 days.  And there were 4 days of classroom time where we were individually invited into classrooms for 30 minutes to instruct and answer questions about opera.  Also note that we were out of town on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Look at those arrival times to the HOC (Hampton Opera Center)!  Not just anyone can perform opera at 8:30 AM!  You may also be interested to know that setting up and loading out each take around 30 minutes.  

It must be noted that we lunched and

Claudia Chapa and Bob from Bob's Red Mill
Mezzo soprano Claudia Chapa and Bob from Bob's Red Mill

dined at some great places last week.  On Monday we had time in between shows to visit Bob's Red Mill.  Claudia even got to meet Bob himself!  On Tuesday we had coffee in Salem at a spot called Ike [Box].  On Thursday we had lunch at Ecola Seafood in Cannon Beach and dinner at Fort George Brewery in Astoria.  And Friday we hit Urban Cafe in Astoria for lunch before returning home.  

Make sure to check the website for some public performances we have coming up at the Hollywood Theater and the Hampton Opera Center.  


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