Portland Opera Announces 2023-24 Season Programming

By Logan Martell

Portland Opera has announced the lineup up for its 2023-24 season, featuring familiar and new works.

“The art form of opera has always been shaped by time, and we are excited to be part of its evolution,” said Sue Dixon, General Director, in an official press statement. “This season, we are thrilled to usher in new works, continue to share cultural touchstones, and share opera experiences on and off the stage, bringing our mission, vision, and values to life.”

The season will open with Mozart’sThe Marriage of Figaro.” Conductor Elizabeth Askren and director Fenlon Lamb leads a cast comprised of Jesus Vicente Murillo as Figaro, Leela Subramniam as Susanna, Richard Ollarsaba as the Count, Esther Tonea as the Countess, Deepa Johnny as Cherubino, and Tesia Kwarteng as Marcellina.

 Performance Dates: October 28, November 3, 5 2023

Next is a Shakespeare-inspired production called “Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song.” Featuring the works of composers such as Britten, Betsy Jackson King, and other composers, the event will include cabaret-style seating for a forest picnic of treats and music performed by the Portland Opera Orchestra as well as curator and soloist Katrina Galka.

Performance Dates: February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, 2024.

Following this, the operatic adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats’ children’s book “The Snowy Day” will see its west coast premiere, with music by Joel Thompson and libretto by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Conductor Damien Geter and director Omer Ben Seadia leads a cast of Flora Hawk as Peter, Lianna Wimberely Williams as Mama, and Adrian Rosales as Billy.

Performance Dates: March 16, 22, 24, 2024.

Wrapping up the season will be Puccini: In Concert.” This performance of highlights will celebrate the centennial of the composer’s passing in 1924, featuring selections from “Madama Butterfly,” “Tosca,” “Turandot,” La Boheme,” and more. Geter will conduct the orchestra and soloists Malcolm MacKenzie, KarenVuong, and Anthony Kalil.

Performance Date: May 11, 2024.