PORTopera is dedicated to producing creative, inspiring, and professional opera performances of artistic excellence. We foster young operatic talent, provide educational opportunities related to opera, and reach out to our audience, supporters, and community in collaborative ways that will excite enthusiasm for the art form.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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CARMEN

PORTopera celebrates its 22nd season with Bizet’s famous tale of lust and revenge in a new production by Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn.

THE MEDIUM

PORTopera’s talented Young Artists, all with graduate degrees from leading conservatories, will present three performances of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium:
Wednesday, July 13 at Deertrees Theater, Harrison
Friday, July 15 at St. Lawrence Arts, Portland
Sunday, July 17 at The Temple, Old Orchard

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EVENTS

Events throughout the year highlight superb singing by rising opera stars and offer educational opportunities within the community.

SERENADES

Performances by opera singers in the intimacy of beautiful homes throughout Southern Maine. Meet amazing singers and new friends who share your passion for opera. A great way to be introduced to opera!

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Tosca 2015 “..this proved to be a deeply moving Tosca, powerfully sung and sensibly staged—the kind of performance that reinvigorated this overly familiar score and made it seem fresh and vital.”
Allan Kozinn • Maine Sunday Telegram
“A seasoned Scarpia, with eighty-four Met performances of Tosca to
his credit, [James] Morris sounded in excellent form, and his fine bass-baritone made ‘Va, Tosca’ the most frightening moment of the evening….the most notable performance…was the thrilling Tosca of Alexandra LoBianco….The artists were directed to brilliant effect by PORT artistic director Dona D. Vaughn, who made actors of all her musicians even in the little moments.”
Maria Mazzaro • Opera News
This presentation of Tosca marks the twenty-first season of PORTopera, a cultural institution that has risen to national acclaim thanks to the hard work of president Ann Elderkin, artistic director Dona D. Vaughn, and the many talented singers, musicians, and other crew members who have graced the gilded-and-ivory halls of Merrill Auditorium.
Katy Kelleher, Old Port Magazine
Maine’s PORTopera marked its twentieth anniversary with Rigoletto (seen July 23), staged by the company’s artistic director, Dona D. Vaughn, and conducted by Stephen Lord. Vaughn updated the opera to the 1920s, enabling the audience to experience the tragedy in a world of ruthless bosses and their henchmen.
Cornelia Iredell, Opera News
PORTopera’s Young Artists Program, which opened its six-performance series Friday night at USM’s Hannaford Auditorium, is a double-bill of vocal virtuosity by Mozart and Donizetti, well costumed and professionally sung by some already accomplished young artists.
Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald

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