Angel Blue as Marguerite in Portland Opera's 18/19 production of Gounod's Faust.
Credit: Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.
Portland Opera, founded in 1964, is community funded and one of Oregon’s leading arts and cultural organizations. Presenting a balanced season of classic and contemporary work, the company celebrates the beauty and breadth of opera with performances and programs at the Keller Auditorium, the Newmark Theatre, and at Portland Opera’s Hampton Opera Center, which is nestled in SE Portland along the banks of the Willamette River. The use of multiple venues gives Portland Opera great versatility in its mission with different scales of productions—including grand works, intimate chamber pieces, new operas, and the beloved classics.
Portland Opera's 18/19 production of Rossini's La Cenerentola. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.
Portland Opera Ticket Information
Ticket prices for performances range from $35 - $250, and all performances are sung in the original language of the opera, presented with English captions—so you never have to miss a word or moment of the dramatic action. Operagoers in Portland can bring beverages into the theatre, and wear whatever makes them feel inspired to enjoy the performance: on any given night at the opera you might spot tuxedoes and gowns; as well as jeans and hoodies. All are welcome.
Portland Opera chorus and orchestra members represent some of the region’s most celebrated musicians and singers. In addition to these local ensembles, Portland Opera productions feature artists from throughout the nation, and internationally based singers. Portland Opera also welcomes four Resident Artists each season, selected nationally through an intensive audition and interview process. Each Resident Artist presents a free public recital at the Portland Art Museum, appears in Portland Opera productions, and can be seen (and heard) around town at various community and preview events.
Portland Opera's production of Philip Glass's In the Penal Colony. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.
Over the last half century, Portland Opera has staged nearly 250 opera productions in seven languages—including world, American, North American and West Coast premieres. The company offers flexible options for tickets. Single tickets are available for each performance, and Memberships (which include built-in discounts) are available for 2 or more performances in a season. For opera lovers, the company offers subscription packages of 4, 5, or 6 operas, giving subscribers access to the best seats at best prices, and additional subscription benefits—including invitations to special events. The opera also offers complimentary concierge services for all audience members, to assist with details ranging from parking to opera history and etiquette; and where to find opera-inspired cocktails and cake around town.
Students attend a performance of Portland Opera To Go's The Barber of Seville. Photo by Garrick Antikajian/Portland Opera.
Portland Opera is a dedicated educational partner in Oregon: touring 50-minute adaptations of operas throughout the state and region with the Portland Opera To Go program. Offering integrated curricular connections, and classroom time with teaching artists, Portland Opera To Go has served over 230,000 students in the past decade. The company also offers a free and public outdoor simulcast performance annually, and runs the award-winning Portland Opera a la Cart program: a food truck that converts into a stage for pop-up performances at area vineyards, farmers’ markets, community events, and festivals. Attendees order favorite arias and show tunes off of a menu at Opera a la Cart performances while enjoying the best of the PNW outdoors.
To learn more about the current season lineup for Portland Opera, and the company’s mission in the community, please visit portlandopera.org.