Eugene Opera’s primary mission is to present exciting opera. We bring a mix of works to the stage in Eugene, from classic to modern, comic to tragic. Eugene Weekly says “Eugene Opera is helping make opera relevant to 21st-century Oregon.” Oregon ArtsWatch has asked "What are we to make of plucky Eugene Opera?" Come and see what you make of us!
Our expanded 2015-16 season includes four operas: Britten's haunting work "The Turn of the Screw" on October 30 and November 1, 2015; Donizetti's grandest of grand operas "Lucia di Lammermoor" on December 31, 2015 and January 3, 2016; Tchaikovsky's romantic "Eugene Onegin" on March 11 and 13, 2016; and Adamo's lyric "Little Women" on May 14 and 15, 2016.
Next year is our 40th season! We will celebrate with four dramatic productions: Berlioz's charming "Much Ado About Nothing" (also known as "Beatrice et Benedict") on October 28-30, 2016; a New Year's Eve opera trio of Verdi's "Aida" (Act 1), Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" (Act 3), and Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" (Act 2) on December 31, 2016 and January 2, 2017; Bernstein's "West Side Story" on March 10-12, 2017; and Peter Brook's "The Tragedy of Carmen," a distillation of Bizet's classic, on May 12-14, 2017.
In addition to bringing live opera to the stage, Eugene Opera also seeks to identify and engage emerging stars, especially Pacific Northwest artists, to contribute to the future of the art form, and to develop educational programs for the community-at-large, schools and young artists.