Classical Music

The Oregon Symphony Mashes Up Hungarian Opera and Chihuly's Glass Art

Bluebeard's Castle kicks off the new SoundSights series, which mixes classical music with work by Northwest visual artists.

09/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 28–31

From a Harry Potter midnight release party to a free Ron Funches show to a trio of brand-spankin'-new plays, July is going out with gusto.

07/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson


This Star of Portland Opera’s New Show Is Also the Voice of Mickey Mouse

The Italian Girl in Algiers stars Egypt-born Ashraf Sewailam. He holds forth on opera at the pyramids, playing the macho, and dubbing Disney into Arabic.

07/28/2016 By Fiona McCann


Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 21–24

Outdoor movies. Tons of local music. A madcap opera. Night Vale live. Get your weekend on.

07/21/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Lisa Dunn

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 14–17

Prince tunes on the cello. Highland dance and stone throwing in Gresham. Jazz under the St. Johns Bridge. Speed drawing. A Wizard of Oz convention. Bring it, weekend.

07/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann


Portland Opera's Christopher Mattaliano on How He Met Stephen Sondheim through a Fan Letter

And why he’s putting on a Sondheim celebration at the Alberta Rose.

03/31/2016 By Jack Rushall


The Rake's Progress: See the Opera's Wild Makeover in 10 Photos

See the David Hockney set design that rocked the opera world—now in Portland for a Pacific Northwest premiere.

06/11/2015 By Rachel Sandstrom


Pop Culture Translations for Opera's Most Confusing Terms

It's time to end opera's difficult rep—we break down some of the form's most baffling concepts with references from our modern age.

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


How to See the World's Best Performances Without Leaving Portland

You don't have to travel to New York or London to see world-class theater, dance, and stars (hello, James Franco). You can see them at Portland cinemas. Here's the schedule.

11/20/2014 By Matthew Schonfeld


Looking Forward to the 2014/2015 Arts Season

Consider this your arts season cliffhanger: a look at what's to come when your favorite arts orgs come back from summer vacation.

07/01/2014 By Nathan Tucker


Q&A with Opera in the Parks' Star Soprano, Angela Meade

The star of Verdi's Otello talks about growing up in Centralia, not making it in New York, and her workout playlist Aug 2 & 4

07/26/2013 By Claire Gordon


Spring Arts Guide 2013

A fun-filled guide to the season's 25 most exciting shows with hosts MarchFourth Marching Band.

02/15/2013 Edited by Aaron Scott


Q&A: Tosca's Tosca

The soprano playing the title role in Portland Opera's new production talks Puccini and Pok Pok.

01/29/2013 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

sexy sopranos & bawdy basses

Preview: Portland Opera's Don Giovanni, in Tweets

A sneak peak of the opera's sexed-up show in 140-character glimpses (with annotation).

10/30/2012 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

from the songbird's beak

Getting To Know Ashia Grzesik

The cabaret cellist and soprano songwriter sits down with a Culturephile correspondent to talk about music, fashion, gender-blending, and the Polish-American...



Slideshow + Review: Madame Butterfly

Portland Opera premieres Puccini’s melodramatic, lovelorn gut-wrencher. summary by Anne Adams, review by Aaron Scott

02/04/2012 By Anne Adams

all-ages opera

Portland Opera’s Ravel Couplet: L’Heure Espangnole and L’Enfant et les Sortileges

A cheating wife and a sulking child get what they deserve in this cheeky double-header. Reviewed by Anne Adams and Melanie Glass.

04/04/2011 By The Culturegang


Turandot: A Multi-Faceted Gem

Portland Opera’s latest offering is a sublime visual stunner, but the story has two sides.

02/07/2011 By Anne Adams

phile under: art meets music

Comic Book Artists Draw Attention To Hansel & Gretel

Enhanced with PoMo slide show!

11/08/2010 By Anne Adams

phile under: opera

Pagliacci/Carmina Burana

Portland Opera

09/24/2010 By Anne Adams