August 2, 2017

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 on his 14th season as general director. “From Rigoletto to Faust, La Cenerentola to Orfeo ed Euridice—audiences will experience unforgettable characters, stunning multi-media productions, and of course, gorgeous music and inspiring voices. We can’t wait to share this work with the community!”

As Oregon children head back to school, the Portland Opera To Go program will hit the road, traversing more than 5,000 miles throughout the region to share a 50-minute version of the Mozart’s The Magic Flute (sung in English) with over 15,000 young audience members in school gyms, libraries, and community centers. The tour will take place throughout the fall and into the winter months in communities throughout the region, and will also be presented at the Hampton Opera Center of December 2 and 9, 2017.

The Winter Vino e Voce series returns to the Gregory K. & Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center with a stunning solo performance of Schubert’s Winterreise featuring 3D projection mapping in a collaboration with the NYC-based multimedia art collective GLMMR. Performances will be February 9 – 17, 2018.

The one-night-only Big Night concert will be held on April 14, conducted by Portland Opera music director George Manahan. Manahan also will conduct a classic production of Verdi’s Rigoletto (May 4 – 12 at the Keller Auditorium), directed by Christopher Mattaliano; as well as the West Coast premiere of Gounod’s Faust, directed by Kevin Newbury. Faust is a coproduction with Lyric Opera of Chicago, inspired by visionary American artist, John Frame, and will be presented June 8 – 16 at the Keller Auditorium. Rossini’s La Cenerentola will open July 13 and run through July 28, at the Newmark Theatre, with guest conductor Carolyn Kuan making her Portland Opera debut at the baton, directed by Christopher Mattaliano. Gluck’s early opera Orfeo ed Euridice will be performed in Portland for the first time, opening July 27, through August 4, at the Newmark Theatre. Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox will conduct, and Chas Rader-Shieber will direct.

Portland Opera is also pleased to announce the members of its 2018 Resident Artist program: mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar, soprano Helen Huang, tenor Thomas Cilluffo, and bass Shi Li. Now in its 13th year, the Resident Artist program provides emerging young opera singers with an intensive seven-month training program and main stage performance experience. Each singer will also perform a solo recital at the Portland Art Museum. Resident Artist recitals are free and open to the public. Additional details are forthcoming.

Onstage, audiences will see and hear cast members throughout the season that represent established international opera talent as well as rising stars, including: Stephen Powell, David Adam Moore, Angel Blue, Jonathan Boyd, Alfred Walker, Edward Parks, Alasdair Kent, Eduardo Chama, Sandra Piques Eddy, Katrina Galka, and Lindsay Ohse.

Main stage operas, and the Winter Vino e Voce series are presented with projected English translations above the stage. Evening performances begin at 7:30 PM, and matinee performances begin at 2 PM. Late seating is not permitted. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased online at, by calling (503) 241-1802, or in-person at the Hampton Opera Center, located at 211 SE Caruthers Street in Portland, Oregon. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

Portland Opera is a participant in Arts for All—providing $5 tickets for Oregon Trail Card holders for operas at the Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre. A limited number of Rush tickets (for seniors, students, and United States Armed Forces personnel) are available at the Newmark and Keller Auditorium, two hours prior to curtain.

Portland Opera offers wheelchair accessible and companion seating for every performance throughout the season, and offers assisted listening devices for productions at the Newmark Theatre and Keller Auditorium. Designated performances also include a live audio-description of the visual and physical events on-stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Please contact the Box Office for additional information.

Portland Opera appreciates the ongoing support of our funders including The Collins Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Work for Art, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and The Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the Arts Education & Access Fund.

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