2016-2017 Season: 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. Experience the glory of live opera!


Much Ado About Nothing
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Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Soreng Theater at the Hult Center (Chamber Opera)

Shakespeare and Berlioz combine to bring the comedy of Much Ado About Nothing (aka Béatrice et Bénédict) to glorious life. Romance is in the air, even when sparks fly between the independent Beatrice and the cheeky Benedict. Celebrate their cheerful battles as Love reigns supreme in a celebration of word and music that is a delight from beginning to end!

“It’s an appealing and insightful comedy…that combines the signature brilliance and bombast of composer Hector Berlioz with the sly, comedic insights of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.” (NPR)

Opera Trio
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New Year’s Eve Performance
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Holiday Matinee Performance
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Silva Hall at the Hult Center (Main Stage)

Ring in the New Year with a celebration of the best of Opera — and the best of Eugene! Join us for a gala performance like no other: fully-staged portions of not one but THREE masterpieces.

Visit Egypt of the Pharoahs with the opening of Verdi’s Aida — from the ethereal first measures through the heroic “Celeste Aida,” the stirring chorus “Su del Nilo,” and the heart-wrenching drama of “Ritorna Vincitor.”

Then travel to Revolutionary France for the last act of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites — a masterpiece of our time that celebrates the human spirit in the face of adversity — with a concluding six minutes you will never forget!

Then we go to Vienna to celebrate New Year’s at the palace of the mysterious and fun-loving Count Orlovsky in Act 2 of Die Fledermaus. Special surprise guests will amaze and delight you!

Round out your evening with our New Year’s Eve party in the festive Hult lobby. Join the cast of the Opera Trio and other guests to celebrate Eugene Opera’s 40th Anniversary with a dance band, refreshments, champagne toast, and a cash bar. Ring in 2017 to the sound of “Auld Lang Syne” sung by our stars and chorus members! (Party admission requires separate ticket. More information here.)

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West Side Story
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Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Silva Hall at the Hult Center (Main Stage)

In March, Eugene Opera will collaborate with Eugene Ballet Company in a celebration of the genius of America’s greatest musician: Leonard Bernstein. Join us for his masterpiece West Side Story. Experience the timeless and tragic love story of Tony and Maria in song, dance, and word. Hear the music of our lives (“Tonight,” “Maria,” “Somewhere”) and the sound of Bernstein’s New York brought to you as never before.

This enthralling tale of a 20th century Romeo and Juliet has often been performed by opera companies, and was recorded in 1984 under the baton of Bernstein himself with opera luminaries Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, and Marilyn Horne. Now you can see it live on stage in Eugene!

The Tragedy of Carmen
Image of Carmen by Cliff Coles / Eugene Opera. All rights reserved.

La Tragedie de Carmen

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Soreng Theater at the Hult Center (Chamber Opera)

In May, we celebrate the past and future of Eugene Opera with Director Peter Brook’s hard-hitting distillation of Bizet’s ever-popular opera. The music is Bizet’s (adapted for chamber orchestra), but the story has been rethought, with laser-like focus on the main characters and their passionate, tragic entanglements. Lean, intense, intimate, and gritty, this show is a tantalizing blend of the familiar and the new.

Play the video for an animated musical season preview.

Eugene Opera thanks soprano Tess Altiveros and tenor Brendan Tuohy (the thrilling ghosts from 2015’s The Turn of the Screw), who appear in these images — and will appear on stage as Maria and Tony in 2017’s West Side Story.

Images for Much Ado About Nothing and The Tragedy of Carmen by Cliff Coles/Eugene Opera.

Images for Opera Trio and West Side Story © 2016 Anjani Millet (anjanimillet.com)