Mission

Eugene Opera's mission is to bring the highest quality opera possible to Eugene and surrounding areas, and to contribute to the future of the art form by increasing the audience and financial resources for opera, by identifying and engaging emerging artists of professional potential, and by developing educational programs for schools, young artists, and the community-at-large.

History

Since 1977, Eugene Opera has presented professional opera in western Oregon, staging many of the world’s best-known operas and some of the best new operatic works.

In 1976, Artistic Director Philip Bayles and over 100 volunteer musicians, singers, stagehands and opera fans combined their efforts to bring opera to Eugene, Oregon. The first production Carmen played to a “full house” of 600 attendees in a local high school auditorium. A local newspaper reporter remarked, “It’s a first effort to be proud of, for it has proven that Eugene is loaded with high-quality musicians and opera-hungry concertgoers.” In 1982, Eugene Opera became a resident company in the newly opened Hult Center for the Performing Arts.

Eugene Opera has been profiled nationally on National Public Radio and in Opera News, and enjoyed a cameo appearance by humorist Dave Barry in his only operatic role. In recent years it has also received favorable notice for its productions of modern operas.

Eugene Opera helped launch the careers of such current opera stars as Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Stephen Mark Brown, Kelley Nassief, Gregory Turay, Lucas Meacham, and Joelle Harvey. Today’s productions regularly feature stars from great opera houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera. They also continue to feature emerging stars, particularly those from the Pacific Northwest.

Eugene Opera has regularly conducted educational outreach programs that bring opera to students and classrooms throughout the surrounding Lane County area. Currently, it introduces high school students to opera through the Eugene Opera Academy.

In 2015-16, Eugene Opera began to program chamber operas, which proved both popular and artistically successful, receiving high praise both in local reviews and in Opera News.

Most recently, Eugene Opera’s recent seasons featured sold-out performances of María de Buenos Aires, the Company’s first Spanish language opera, as well as As One, its' first opera composed by a female composer, Laura Kaminsky, with libretto by Kimberly Reed and Mark Campbell.

Past Productions

1977 — Carmen

1977-78 — The Maid as Mistress, HMS Pinafore, Don Giovanni

1978-79 — The Pirates of Penzance, The Barber of Seville

1979-80 — Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, The Impresario

1980-81 — The Mikado, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Pagliacci/Pulcinella

1981-82 — Patience, Così fan tutte, Madama Butterfly

1982-83 — La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, Don Pasquale, Yeoman of the Guard

1983-84 — Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute, La Traviata

1984-85 — Faust, Cinderella, Tosca, The Pirates of Penzance

1985-86 — Madama Butterfly, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen

1986-87 — The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, The Medium, The Mikado

1987-88 — Tosca, The Daughter of the Regiment, Tartuffe, The Marriage of Figaro

1988-89 — La Bohème, The Elixir of Love, Così fan tutte

1989-90 — Cinderella, Gianni Schicchi, Pagliacci

1990-91 — The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly

1991-92 — Candide, Romeo and Juliette

1992-93 — The Impresario, The Telephone, The Face on the Barroom Floor

1993-94 — Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca, HMS Pinafore

1994-95 — Gianni Schicchi, La Traviata, The Pirates of Penzance

1995-96 — Carmen, La Bohème, Trial by Jury

1996-97 — The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Mikado

1997-98 — Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Porgy and Bess

1998-99 — Madama Butterfly, Opera Under the Stars, The Barber of Seville

1999-00 — Aida, Le nozze di Figaro, Turandot

2000-01 — La Cenerentola, Così fan tutte, The Mikado

2001-02 — Tosca, La Traviata, Susannah

2002-03 — Pagliacci, La Bohème

2003-04 — Carmen, HMS Pinafore

2004-05 — Die Fledermaus, Belle Voci Competition, Rigoletto

2005-06 — Belle Voci Competition, The Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel

2006-07 — The Pirates of Penzance

2007-08 — The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, The Art of the American Diva

2008-09 — Orpheus in the Underworld, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni

2009-10 — Le nozze di Figaro, Faust

2010-11 — La Boheme, The Mikado

2011-12 — Carmen, Nixon in China

2012-13 — The Pirates of Penzance, Dead Man Walking

2013-14 — La Traviata, The Girl of the Golden West

2014-15 — The Elixir of Love, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2015-16 — The Turn of the Screw, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Little Women

2016-17 — Much Ado About Nothing (Béatrice et Bénédict); Opera Trio: Aida (Act 1), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Act 3), Die Fledermaus (Act 2)

2017-18 — The Barber of Seville, María de Buenos Aires

2018-19 — HMS Pinafore, As One

Board of Directors

Officers:

Inge Tarantola, President

Barbara Wheatley, Vice President

Mary Meacham, Treasurer

Joyce Leader, Secretary

Directors:

David Guy

Ashley Hastings

Amanda Haugland

Rosaria Haugland

Anthony Hunt

Chris Lamb, Chorus Representative

Ruth Obadal

Silkie Melloul

John Tilson

Emma Walls

OUR LEADERSHIP

ANDREW BISANTZ

Artistic Director and Conductor

ERIKA RAUER

Executive Director

OUR STAFF

AHAVAH OBLAK

Development Associate

DORIANDRA SMITH

Production Manager

CHRISTINA LAY

Office Manager

SANDY NAISHTAT

Bookkeeper

CHERYL WEFLER

Librarian and Orchestra Manager

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