in six productions this season, as well as interactive outreach programs, such as Portland Opera To Go (POGO), which provides children with the opportunity to engage with opera in their own schools during the fall. The Opera also regularly hosts community events throughout the year like Resident Artist recitals, and Opera a la Cart performances at local festivals and farmers markets. While mainstage opera occurs during the spring and summer, Portland Opera never rests!
This company goes to great lengths to make their performances accessible for the enjoyment of all. Informal yet enlightening pre-show lectures take place before every performance, and General Director, Christopher Mattaliano, personally hosts a talk-back with cast members and the audience after each show. The operas, while performed in their original language, feature surtitles—English translations projected above the stage.
Notably in 2018, Portland Opera will co-produce with Lyric Opera of Chicago, a new original staging of Gounod’s classic, Faust. This production of Faust is inspired by the work of sculptor and visual artist John Frame, who exhibited his work in 2012 at the Portland Art Museum. Frame will design sets and costumes for this production— bringing new life to a classic tale of a deal with the devil.
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