New Leadership for a New Way Forward

Eugene Opera is delighted to announce our new leadership team:

Andrew Bisantz, Artistic Director and Conductor

Erika Rauer, Executive Director

Listen to Erika’s inteview on KLCC

Maestro Andrew Bisantz is a treasure, as the local opera community knows from his many years as Music Director and Principal Conductor here. In his expanded role, he will have principal responsibility for selecting repertoire, planning seasons, casting productions, and supervising all related artistic activities of Eugene Opera. 

Erika Rauer is a newcomer to Eugene, but not to opera or to management — and a “rare find,” according to a previous colleague. She will be reponsible for all business operations of the company, including development, marketing, and support for productions and educational programs. She recently moved here from North Carolina, and looks forward to providing full-time management for all of our operations. 

This new, stronger leadership team is a key element of Eugene Opera’s turn-around plan to recover from its financial difficulties last season. Things are looking up for opera in Oregon!

More about Andrew and Erika…

Bisantz.A.Headshot.w200Maestro Bisantz is building an impressive roster of credits at leading national orchestras and opera companies throughout the country. As the Music Director and Principal Conductor at Eugene Opera, he has played a major role in the emergence of the company as one of the most noted performing arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest. His new position incorporates his previous duties, so Eugene Opera audiences will continue to enjoy his work in the orchestra pit, as they have for the past nine seasons. He has conducted Eugene Opera’s productions of Orpheus in the UnderworldDon Giovanni, The Marriage of FigaroFaustLa bohèmeThe MikadoCarmenNixon in ChinaPirates of Penzance, Dead Man Walking, The Girl of the Golden WestLa traviataThe Elixir of LoveLucia di Lammermoor, Eugene OneginLittle Women, and the gala Opera Trio (Aida Act 1, Dialogues of the Carmelites Act 3, Die Fledermaus Act 2).

Erika RauerErika Rauer’s administrative experience includes the positions of Director of Education (New York City Opera), Manager of Elementary School Programs (Carnegie Hall), and Founding Director of the Community Arts Collaborative (University of North Carolina – Greensboro). She has produced concert events, with responsibility for both technical and artistic operations. She has written successful grant proposals, worked with donors, and created new income-generating programs. She has managed million-dollar budgets. However, her experience is not limited to the “back office.” As an accomplished soprano, with professional appearances at Oper Bremen, Opera Boston, Tanglewood, and other venues, she also knows the “front end” of the opera business. Welcome to Eugene, Erika!



Opera Camp for Teens

August 22-24, 2017

The first Eugene Opera Camp for Teens was a big success!

In just 3 days, the participants put together a complete performance of a
highly condensed version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. Click below to see excerpts from the performance on August 24 at the Applegate Regional Theatre in Veneta.

Students and Parents!

There’s still time to get involved for the 2017-18 season. Contact us to learn more about Eugene Opera’s program for high school students to go behind the scenes on opera. Learn more

If you have questions, suggestions, comments — please get in touch with us. We love to hear from you. Email


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