Robert Wesley Mason, Rebecca Krynski, Claudia Chapa, Kearstin Piper Brown, Darren Drone Headline Portland Opera’s 2024-25 Season

By David Salazar

Portland Opera has announced its 2024-25 season.

First up is “The Shining.” The adaptation of the famed Stephen King novel stars Robert Wesley Mason, Rebecca Krynski Cox, Quinton Gardner, and Richard Zeller. Damien Geter conducts and Erin Neff directs the revival.

Performance Date: March 15 – 23, 2025

Verdi’s “Falstaff” stars Darren Drone, Stephen Gaertner, Yi Li, Kearstin Piper Brown, and Claudia Chapa. Nicholas Fox conducts the production by David Radamés Toro.

Performance Date: May  10 – 18, 2025

In addition to the mainstage production, the company will present the world premiere of the youth opera “Shizue: An American Story,” as part of its “Our Oregon” project. Following the world premiere, the work, which relates the story of Shizue Iwatsuki’s journey from Japan to Oregon and the horrors she experienced in the U.S., will go on tour for two-months around the country.

There will also be a workshop of the Portland Opera Commission “Jubilee” by Damien Geter and Lorene Carey. The company will also collaborate with the team behind “The Factotum” on a new project.

Finally, the summer months will see the company present its “Opera a la Cart” program.

“Our new season embodies resilience, beauty, creativity, and emotion—all the elements that make opera one of the most passionate and unique artforms to experience,” noted Sue Dixon, general director, in an official press release. “As we move into a new artistic home, we reflect on our storied past and look forward to our bright future. The pieces this season are chosen to pack an emotional punch and highlight the gamut of operatic experience.”