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

senile madness UO opera

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

Ravel: in Comic Form

Cartoonists tackle L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les Sortileges


Arts & Books
Not widely publicized outside the niche worlds of Portland's comic drawing and opera going communities, every time Portland Opera debuts a new show, the company invites local cartoonists to one of the final dress rehearsals to sketch the performance. It's a bit of a gimmick, but hey: opera comics! And much of the work is very good, offering a fresh perspective on an art not typically known for ...   More
Saturday, April 2, 2011 RUTH BROWN

LIVE REVIEW: Portland Opera, Trouble in Tahiti

Arts & Books
Yoking vastly different operas on a single playbill was a gamble, but it paid off. For its annual studio production, Portland Opera has programmed a show in two halves. Before intermission: Monteverdi. After: Bernstein. Wait. What? That's right. No typo. Monteverdi, get up, stretch your legs, Bernstein. Just to give you some idea how big a stretch that is: Monteverdi wrote Renaissance madrigals ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI

EXTENDED REVIEW: Portland Opera, Pagliacci / Carmina Burana

Arts & Books
Murderous clowns never sounded so good. The curtain goes up. Onstage, in bright lights, lie two dead or nearly dead bodies, a woman in clown paint and a young man in plain clothes. Nearby sits the jealous husband who has stabbed them. The townspeople are poised to apprehend him, but at this moment, for some reason, they are frozen like a photograph, a tableau of horror and outrage. All at once, ...   More
Monday, October 4, 2010 JOHN MINERVINI


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