Celebrating our 40th Anniversary

In our 40th year of thrilling theater and unforgettable music, four dynamic productions will bring a full range of exciting experiences. Enjoy two chamber operas and two grand opera productions, including the Opera Trio for New Year’s Eve featuring three of the best scenes in opera!



Critics rave about our shows!

Our 40th anniversary season opened on October 28, 2016, with a light-hearted production of Berlioz’s sparkling comedy Much Ado About Nothing (Béatrice et Bénédict). Read more

Peter van de Graaff, Music Director, Beethoven Network and KWAX, wrote:

Congratulations to Eugene Opera for their fine production of such a deserving opera as Berlioz’ “Much Ado About Nothing.” At a time when most other arts organizations are retreating into the tried and true, they stand out as a very enterprising company. How wonderful, as well, that they are cultivating artists in the Pacific Northwest.

How about last season?

The 2015-16 season opened on Halloween weekend with a stunning production of  The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. Critics said “one could feel an audience really listening, hanging on every word” (Mark Mandel, Opera News); “this is a performance that will be discussed for years to come” (Alison Kaufman, The Register-Guard); “a great, haunted and intriguing show” (Bob Keefer, Eugene Art Talk). Read more

New Year’s Lucia di Lammermoor lived up to its reputation as “one of the most glorious evenings that Italian Opera can offer.” Audiences and critics were awed by the show: “Eugene Opera hits piercing heights with Lucia” said Heather Holmquest (The Register-Guard). “A Lucia to remember” said Bob Keefer (Eugene Art Talk). Read more

Opera just keeps getting better! In March Eugene Onegin wowed audiences and critics. It was a “jaw-dropping, tear-jerking, stellar production worthy of the best opera houses in the country” said Alison Kaufman (The Register-Guard). Bob Keefer’s title says it in a nutshell: “All the things I loved about Eugene Onegin tonight” (Eugene Art Talk). Read more

The 2015-16 season culminated in May with the lyrical American masterpiece Little Women, composed by Mark Adamo in 1998. “Eugene Opera’s Little Women…is an excellent, light, diverting and lushly beautiful rendition of the familiar story into music….” Bob Keefer (Eugene Art TalkRead more


  • Aida 1953 film

    Spotlight on Opera

    During the month before each opera

    Films, talks, exhibits and events to illuminate and entertain. (Image:  Sophia Loren in Aida (1953). An extravagant production! See the film free at the library on November 29.)


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  • Soprano Deborah Mayer

    Aria Auction Dinner

    Sunday December 18, 2016

    This not-to-be missed annual holiday event features an elegant dinner and opportunities to meet and hear international opera stars up close – with an unprecedented array of talent for our 40th anniversary! (Pictured: Soprano Deborah Mayer)


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  • New Year’s Eve Party

    December 31, 2016

    Ring in the New Year with Eugene Opera and the cast of Opera Trio! Our New Year’s Eve Party in the magically transformed Hult Lobby starts right after the performance. It’s a gala evening to celebrate Eugene Opera’s 40th Anniversary Season!


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