News & Announcements

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018/19 Season

Portland Opera is pleased to announce programming for the company’s 55th season, scheduled to begin in November 2018. The season will launch with the recently announced “November classic” – Verdi’s heartbreaking romance La Traviata – bringing opera back to Portland in the fall months. In March, Portland Opera will present Laura Kaminsky’s brave and beautiful […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Presents Gounod’s Faust

Opening on June 8, Portland Opera will present the West Coast premiere of a groundbreaking new production of Gounod’s Faust. American visual artist John Frame, who exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in 2012, designs this new take on Goethe’s classic tale of making a pact with the devil in exchange for youth. Frame’s remarkable […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents Verdi’s Rigoletto

Portland Opera is pleased to present a traditional production of Verdi’s Rigoletto to the Portland community this spring. A staple of the operatic repertory, Rigoletto tells the story of the court jester who amuses the philandering and immoral Duke of Mantua. A doting and protective father to his beloved Gilda, Rigoletto’s life changes forever when […]

Press Release: Portland Opera presents 2018 Big Night Concert

Portland Opera is pleased to present the company’s fifth annual Big Night concert on April 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Keller Auditorium. Music Director George Manahan will lead soloists, orchestra, and chorus from the 2018 season in an evening of opera’s greatest hits. The program, hosted by General Director Christopher Mattaliano, will feature […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces “November Classic” Opera

Portland Opera General Director Christopher Mattaliano announced today the addition of a “November Classic” opera to launch the 2018/19 season. The company will begin the season in November with four performances of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Keller Auditorium, and will continue to offer the majority of programming in spring and summer of 2019. This […]

Press Release: David Adam Moore in Schubert’s Song Cycle Winterreise

Fresh off of his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, baritone and visual artist David Adam Moore performs Schubert’s Winterreise, bringing Schubert’s stunning song cycle to the Portland Opera stage for the first time. Based on 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller, Winterreise (“Winter’s Journey”) follows a heartbroken poet on an existential trek across heavy snows and […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018 Resident Artists

Portland Opera’s General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the 2018 roster of young artists who will join the company’s Resident Artists program for emerging singers. “This season, more than 300 extremely qualified singers from around the country and globe applied to our program. We’re thrilled to introduce our four Resident Artists to our audiences, as […]

Press Release: State of the Arts—Portland Opera

As a proud member of OPERA America, Portland Opera is delighted to mark the occasion of November 1, 2017 as National Opera Advocacy Day, with a report highlighting community connections and impacts from the recently completed fifty-third season. OPERA America is the premier arts service organization promoting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces Reorganization

On the heels of its successful 2017 season, Portland Opera today announced a reorganization of company departments that will provide even better service for opera patrons and the community. The company’s Development, Marketing & Sales, and Patron Services departments will combine to form the Department of External Affairs. Sue Dixon, who has served the company […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Raises $1M at Baroque Ball Gala

Over 350 cultural, business, civic, artistic, and philanthropic leaders came together in support of Portland Opera on Saturday, September 16—raising $1M at the Baroque Ball gala at the Portland Art Museum. Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth made her Portland concert debut as part of the event, which was an evening […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Hosts Open House On October 1

On Sunday, October 1, Portland Opera will open the doors of the Hampton Opera Center to the community for a series of free daytime events, featuring an opera chorus rehearsal, close-up access to orchestra instruments, costume shop tours, performances of opera hits by the Opera a la Cart music truck, and a family-friendly performance of […]

Press Release: Portland Opera To Go Heads Back to School with Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE

Portland Opera (Christopher Mattaliano, General Director) is delighted to share a 50-minute, English language adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute as the 2017-18 Portland Opera To Go (POGO) performance for young audiences. This production is recommended for ages five and up. POGO promotes the performing arts through accessible artistic educational programming in elementary […]

Press Release: Portland Opera is awarded the Governor’s Arts Awards

News Release from the Oregon Arts Commission: For Immediate Release Sept. 5, 2017 Governor Kate Brown announces 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards; Two artists, three organizations honored with awards (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced two artists and three organizations as winners of the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards. Portland artist Arvie Smith and Yoncalla […]

Press Release: Portland Opera’s Baroque Ball to Feature Kristin Chenoweth

Portland Opera (Christopher Mattaliano, General Director) is pleased to welcome Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth to her Portland debut at the Baroque Ball gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The gala event will begin with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception; followed by dinner and a presentation at 7 p.m. Chenoweth’s […]

Press Release: Portland Opera’s 2018 Season of Legendary Tales

Portland Opera, founded in 1964, is delighted to announce programming for the 2018 season—including a West Coast premiere, an opera that is new to Portland, two beloved classic productions, and much more. “This season we will present classic and new work—all from the world of opera—in both grand and intimate settings.” says Christopher Mattaliano, embarking […]

Press Release: Two Poignant Works Composed by Highly-Acclaimed David Lang

Portland Opera will present the West Coast premiere of a double bill of two contemporary works, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion on July 28 – the first of four performances. Both pieces are composed by David Lang, who has been lauded as an American master with […]

Press Release: Mozart’s Così fan tutte—A Tale of the Complexities of Love

Portland Opera will present Mozart’s witty and comic opera, Così fan tutte, at the Newmark Theatre on Friday, July 14. Stage Director Roy Rallo has created a fresh interpretation of what many say is Mozart’s wisest Italian comic opera. The production features imaginative video to portray this timeless comic drama about the questions of fidelity, […]

Press Release: La Bohème Returns to Portland Opera

On May 5, one of the most tender love stories of all time will transform the Keller Auditorium stage into 1830s Paris for Puccini’s La Bohème. This all-time favorite will come to life with traditional scenery and costumes that will sing to both those who are new to opera and to those who know Puccini’s […]

Press Release: Portland Opera Brings Back Popular Highlights Concert

Back from a three-year hiatus, Portland Opera’s celebratory Big Night concert will take place on April 8 in the Keller Auditorium. The popular highlights concert­—returning for the fourth time—features the rare treat of seeing soloists, orchestra, and chorus all perform on stage together as they showcase some of the biggest and best opera arias, duets, […]