March 20, 2018

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 adjustment positions Portland Opera to build upon the established summer season, while realigning the schedule to offer programming in the autumn interval.

“All of us at Portland Opera are committed to listening to our constituents and focusing on the strength and future of our organization,” says Christopher Mattaliano. “We’ve listened to the feedback, and understand that our audiences enjoy opera in the summer, but also miss the excitement of attending the opera during Portland’s cold and rainy months. We are taking this message to heart and adjusting our season to add a beautiful classic in November, while continuing to strengthen our spring and summer offerings.”

Following this classic piece in autumn, the company will continue to offer the majority of their programming in spring and summer. The production schedule will be adjusted slightly, to five performances at the Newmark Theatre in March of 2019, followed by the annual Big Night Concert at the Keller Auditorium in May, four performances at the Keller Auditorium in June, and six performances at the Newmark Theatre in July. The full season will be announced in June, and subscription packages (including La Traviata) will go on sale at that time.

About Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift its audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality and is proud to be a part of the region’s thriving artistic and business community. We celebrate the beauty and breadth of the opera repertoire with four main stage performances each season. Our 2018 main stage opera season includes Verdi’s Rigoletto, Gounod’s Faust, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The company is also a committed educational partner, touring fully staged operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.



Silja Tobin, Marketing & Communications Manager
Portland Opera