Mission

Eugene Opera’s primary mission is to present exciting opera. We bring a mix of works to the stage in Eugene, from classic to modern, comic to tragic.

“What are we to make of plucky Eugene Opera?”  Oregon ArtsWatch

“Eugene Opera is helping make opera relevant to 21st-century Oregon.” — Eugene Weekly 

We are known for our willingness to venture beyond the conventional repertoire into fresh territory. Recent productions — including Nixon in ChinaDead Man Walking, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — have not only won artistic praise but also connected opera to the community, through partnerships with area organizations, institutions, and businesses. At the same time, our critically-acclaimed productions of classic works and composers show our sustained commitment to the artistic heart of this matchless art form.

Eugene Opera continually strives to strengthen this art form, not only through artistic excellence but also by increasing the audience for opera and by developing educational programs for the community-at-large, schools, and young artists. We are especially delighted to announce a new position of Director of Education and Outreach, beginning with the 2015-16 season.

We also have a long tradition of identifying and showcasing emerging stars, from Deborah Voigt and Susan Graham to Lucas Meacham and Joelle Harvey. Fostering young talent is an integral part of our mission, reflecting our commitment to education and to the future of opera. In 2015-16, we are extremely pleased and proud to feature singers from Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. These exciting young performers will appear in all of our productions this season, particularly the The Turn of the Screw and Little Women.

Eugene Opera is a resident company of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.