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.

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 successful 2017-18 season featured sold-out performances of María de Buenos Aires, the Company’s first Spanish language opera, which garnered broad critical acclaim.

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

Officers:

Inge Tarantola, President

Barbara Wheatley, Vice President

David Guy, Treasurer

Joyce Leader, Secretary

 

Directors:

Ashley Hastings

Amanda Haugland

Rosaria Haugland

Christie Lamb, Chorus Representative

Silkie Melhoul

Anthony Meyers

Barbara Myrick

John Tilson

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The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is in Eugene, Oregon operated by the City of Eugene. More than 700 events and performances take place here each year. The Hult Center is located in the heart of Eugene’s vibrant downtown on Willamette Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.