Portland Opera’s Opera a la Cart Is Happening All Over Portland

The next free, outdoor performance will be at Gateway Discovery Park.

Portland Opera’s season of Opera a la Cart performances has begun. The company’s series of free, outdoor opera performances will take place all over the city this summer, running until Aug. 18 (the next performance will begin at 11 am Friday, July 1, at Gateway Discovery Park).

Opera a la Cart was inspired by Portland’s food carts. Using a mobile venue that looks like a food cart with a stage jutting out of its side, the company brings opera into community spaces, includes farmers markets, parks, neighborhood festivals, street fairs, wineries and more.

In the spirit of Opera a la Cart’s inspiration, the cart (which was designed and built by students at Portland State University) features a “menu” of the songs being performed at each performance. Most recently, Opera a la Cart came to Northeast Cully’s Sunday Parkways on June 26.

You can see the complete Opera a la Cart schedule here.

Related: Portland Opera Has Released Its 2021-22 Schedule, Which Includes More Contemporary and Diverse Productions