Portland SummerFest Presents Opera in the Park has brought free opera to more than 43,000 Oregonians since the first performance of The Barber of Seville in 2003. It repeatedly draws the largest crowds of the Washington Park Summer Concert Series, attracting audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
In 2016, Opera in the Park proudly presented a concert version of Giuseppe Verdi’s four-act masterpiece Il Trovatore, starring Soprano Angela Meade, Mezzo MaryAnn McCormick, Tenor Cameron Schutza, and Baritone Richard Zeller, with orchestra and chorus under the baton of Maestro Keith Clark. Il Trovatore is one of the grandest of the grand operas, filled with desperate love, bitter revenge, switched identities, and some of the most powerful and heart-rending music ever written.
Bringing world-class talent to all Portlanders.
Every year, Opera in the Park brings acclaimed vocalists to Portland for an evening of music unlike any other.
Opera in the Park is under the expert and experienced creative direction of Maestro Keith Clark.
Opera in the Park is honored to be accompanied by talented musicians from Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Access to the arts has a huge impact on our community
Portland SummerFest’s mission is to enrich the life of every Portlander by providing professional opera performances of high artistic quality to the public free of charge. We believe the arts can bridge economic and cultural differences and improve people’s lives in many important ways.
The arts bring people together.
Free arts programs such as Opera in the Park bring together people who might not come into contact with each other on a day-to-day basis.
The arts help students succeed.
Access to arts programs, even as an audience member, helps foster creativity and self-expression in our kids. This leads to better performance in school, reduced delinquency, and an increased sense of self-esteem.
The arts boost the economy.
Arts events help attract tourists, new residents, and businesses alike. They also create jobs and give local businesses a place to advertise. Access to the arts helps keep money in the Portland business community.
The arts improve one’s health.
Attending arts events reduces stress, enhances our ability to communicate with others, and exposes us to new ideas. Events such as Opera in the Park encourage us to be more creative and find more enjoyment in our daily life.
Portland SummerFest is made possible by the generous financial and logistical support of our sponsors and partners.