The Elixir of Love (Portland Opera)

Bel canto in the Wild West is a refreshing tonic.

If you’re Portland Opera, how do you follow Igor Stravinsky’s prickly, unnerving morality tale, The Rake’s Progress? You veer to the other extreme and close the season with a beloved comedy, G   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Rake’s Progress (Portland Opera)

Portland’s Progress is a pop-art take on Freud and Facebook.

Give in to temptation at your own peril: That’s the moral of Igor Stravinsky’s spiky, sexy opera The Rake’s Progress. This archetypal morality play opens in an idyllic countryside, where a c   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Phantom of the Opera (Portland Opera)

Lloyd Webber’s music of the night goes flat.

The iconic white mask is still there. So, too, the crystal chandelier that famously crashes at the end of the first act. And those histrionic, undeniably memorable tunes are all intact. But vete   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Stream The Week

Our seven can't-miss concerts this week, March 18-24.


Want to see some live music? Like, tonight? Below, you'll find our picks for the absolute, 100 percent, honest-to-goodness best show (in the opinion of our music staff) happening in Portland each day this week.  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 Immortal Technique & Talib Kweli, Niko Is, CF, Hasan Salaam [HIP-HOP’S CONSCIENCE] When youth fades, popularity often goes with it, but Immortal Technique ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Carmen at Portland Opera: Review

Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.

Portland Opera’s impassioned take on Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the most electrifying production the company has staged since 2010’s sad-clown-fest, Pagliacci. Like that opera, Carmen centers   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Die Fledermaus (Portland Opera)

Adultery, masked balls and arias soaked in Champagne.

Viennese waltz maestro Johann Strauss II concocted a delightful trifle with Die Fledermaus, his 1874 operetta about a wayward husband and his comeuppance at the hand of a treacherous friend who    More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 JOHN BEER

Murmurs: 501(c)3s Weigh in on Ballot Measures, OEA Opposes Parents on Compacts

We are the 47 Percent.

It’s rare for charitable groups to make political contributions—federal law discourages them from converting donations (deductible to the giver) into political cash. But a couple of local 50   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Galileo Galilei (Portland Opera)

And yet it moves—backward.

Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Review: Portland Opera, "The Marriage of Figaro"


Arts & Books
The brilliance of The Marriage of Figaro lies in its cheery dramatization of serious political conflicts in the guise of a Shakespearean bedroom farce. In Portland Opera's production of Mozart and da Ponte’s proto-feminist classic, when the bed is front and center, cheeky sex comedy hijinks dominate. Suitors skulk in, under and around it. When the action shifts elsewhere, class and gender issues ...   More
Monday, November 7, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Opera Is Blooming in Portland

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Arts & Books
Spring is the season of renewal, and this one has brought a fresh wave of youthful artistic energy to Portland stages in what’s paradoxically one of the most old fashioned artistic forms—opera. ---The first blossoms appeared at the Newmark Theater, where Portland Opera’s annual Studio Artists show represents the culmination of a nine-month training program for 20-something singers from some of ...   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL


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