New Leadership Team

Eugene Opera has adopted a new management model effective with the 2017-18 season. Rather than having a single General Manager, as in the past decade, the company will be co-led by two highly qualified experts: Andrew Bisantz, as Artistic Director and Conductor, and Erica Rauer, as Executive Director.

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. 

In September 2017, Erika was interviewed by Eric Alan on KLCC. Listen to Erika’s inteview on KLCC

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 in August 2017

Eugene Opera held its first summer Opera Camp for Teens on August 22-24, 2017. It 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.

Eugene Opera is grateful to the Applegate Regional Theatre for donating its space for the Camp.

New CD features Maestro Andrew Bisantz

Eugene Opera Music Director Andrew Bisantz is featured on a new recording of the music of composer Fredrick Kaufman. This past April, Maestro Bisantz conducted singers from Florida Grand Opera’s acclaimed Young Artist Studio in Kaufman’s 1985 work for unaccompanied voices Stars and Distances, and then in June traveled with the composer to Prague to record his brand-new work The Seven Sisters with members of the Czech Philharmonic.

Stars and Distances will have a life beyond the recording – it will become the soundtrack for the planetarium in Miami’s new Frost Science Museum. It is the first time in South Florida that two important institutions, one in the arts and one in science, will collaborate in such a prominent and lasting fashion.

Read more about this CD

Seeking Costume Department Staff

JOIN THE EUGENE OPERA PRODUCTION TEAM! With the expansion of our season to four productions, Eugene Opera is seeking additional staff.

New personnel needed in our costuming department are Costume Design Coordinator, Costume Design Assistant and Stitchers. Productions include Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (December 31 & January 3), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (March 11 & 13), and Adamo’s Little Women (May 14 & 15). Personnel need to be available for the production dates above and preceding weeks for production and planning.

Compensation will be fee-based for the Coordinator and hourly for the Assistant and Stitchers based on experience.


Costume Design Coordinator: Supervise the rental costumes from initial fittings to the opening of the opera. Manage the Costume Shop and oversee Costume Design Assistant, stitchers and artists during fittings, alterations, and rehearsals. Oversee load out after production and costume return to rental company.

Costume Design Assistant: Assist the Costume Design Coordinator in fitting and altering costumes for artists. Assist at costume shop and during rehearsals and load out.

Stitchers: Assist Costume Design Coordinator with alterations for costumes.

To be considered for any of the above positions, please send cover letter, resume and references by August 31, 2015 to the Eugene Opera Office. E-mail PDF to or mail to 1590 Willamette Street Eugene, OR 97401.

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Katie the Office Mezzo Ep. 4 – Springtime Singalong, EXTENDED

Did you enjoy the #KTOM video in your e-mail update and Facebook feed? View the SPECIAL EXTENDED VERSION here.

It’s Springtime for Opera in Eugene and you know what that means! Oh, you don’t? Well here, let me tell you. Time for some Operatic Office DEVELOPMENT – complete with musical and dramatic reading elements.

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Katie the Office Mezzo Ep. 3 – The aftermath

After a very successful performance weekend of Sweeney, I’m finding the pace here in office has slowed down a bit. While I’m excited for the time to relax and get some organization projects done…there’s nothing worse than an over-functioner having nothing to…function. Therefore, please feel free to call, text, e-mail, stop by, send snail mail, send a carrier-pigeon, make smoke signals outside the window…anything.

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Katie the Office Mezzo Ep. 2: Office Update

HELP! It’s Production Week! Simply stated, this vlog is my attempt at sharing the joys and stresses of what goes on during production week from the perspective of my 2×4 window of 1590 Willamette Street. Please enjoy my perspective on free tickets.

In practical news: watch this entry to find out some cool things that are happening in the lobby in conjunction with our show!

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Katie the Office Mezzo – Episode 1

My name is Katie and I’m the Office Manager for Eugene Opera. In this vlog series I’m hoping to give you a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes here at the opera. But not just literally backstage – also the exciting inter-workings of life at the office.

Behind every successful opera performance, there is a Company Manager who sent everyone 400 e-mails before they even got into town to sing. The fact that I’m a singer myself only makes this end of the process even more operatic.

Today’s inaugural entry? WHY EUGENE OPERA? Let me tell you what’s awesome about our company. Complete with a moment of bursting into song at the end…and the beginning…and halfway through.

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