Angel of the Amazon will be performed at PSU, LH75, 2/28 at 10:00am



Angel of the Amazon, Opera About Slain Nun, Sr. Dorothy Stang is coming to Portland State University Lincoln Performance Hall LH75, on February 28, 2018, at 10:00 am. 

The opera depicts Sr. Dorothy’s life-long work with the poor, helping them sustainably farm the Amazon Rainforest. Sr. Dorothy was an advocate for the Brazilian people who were targeted by loggers and landowners. On February 12, 2005, Sr. Dorothy was martyred in Anapu, Para, Brazil.

Angel of the Amazon, composed by Evan Mack, the opera premiered in NYC in 2011. Since 2015, it has toured across the United States, including San Francisco, San Jose, Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Nashville. 

“The opera’s mission is to connect people to Sr. Dorothy’s story on an emotional level. My hopes are that through the power of story telling and music, audiences will make a greater bond to Dorothy’s story and life work helping the poor.”—Evan Mack. 

Mezzo Soprano Heather Jones will sing the role of Sr. Dorothy. Baritone, and Portland native José Rubio reprises his role as Luiz from the premiere production of the opera. Composer, Evan Mack will be at the piano. The performance will feature Ivy Zhou, Beth Madsen Bradford, Brendan Tuohy, and Damien Geter.


Reservations for Guild Luncheons still open

Sunshine in January Luncheon 1-26-18


We may have had more lovely weather than usual this month, but our luncheon next Friday will remain a musical ray of sunshine. 

Grace Skinner, mezzo soprano, recent graduate of PSU school of Music and Erik Standifird, baritone, third year student at PSU School of Music will perform arias, art songs and more.
Our room venue within Multnomah Athletic Club will be the West Ballroom on the main floor, starting at 11:30 am for social, and lunch at noon. Cost for the luncheon and program is $35.

If you have not made your reservation, the deadline is Tuesday, 1/23/18 at noon. 

For any last-minute changes, please call Patricia Cavanaugh directly. Remember, walk-ins without a reservation will be charged $40.


The Opera House coming to local cinemas this week.

Don’t miss The Opera House, a new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveying a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. 

Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the ’50s and ’60s.

Four Portland area cinemas will air the documentary about Lincoln Center. Check local listings for times on Saturday, February 13, and Wednesday February 17.

Multnomah Cinemas, across from Lloyd Center; 
Clackamas Town Center Cinemas; 
Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton; and
Century Eastport off SE 82nd St 


Cinderella: "charming," "excellent," "an outstanding performance"!


Professor Christine Meadows shares the success of PSUs Opera production of 'Cinderella'

PSU Opera's production of "Cinderella" December 1-10 was a resounding success! Every show sold out, and we received positive reviews in Oregon ArtsWatch and Northwest Reverb.

"The singers delivered an outstanding performance that put a smile on the faces of the audience," says James Bash in Northwest Reverb, praising the production's "charming ingenuity" and "excellent humor."

I was extremely pleased with our students' performances. See below for more photos from the production.

Please join us in April for our mainstage production of "Albert Herring," Benjamin Britten's lighthearted comedy. I hope to see you in the audience! 

Warmest wishes,

Christine Meadows

Vollum Professor of Voice
Director of Opera

Learn More About PSU Chamber Choir's Recent Success

Members and their guests will have a chance to hear members of the PSU Chamber Choir perform at our Holiday Event on Sunday, December 3rd from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

PSU Chamber Choir won top prize in the Bali International Choir Festival among 124 choirs, won a major victory in Italy and recently released a third CD, "The Doors of Heaven."  The CD has stayed on Billboard's chart of best sellers for two months. The work is a haunting one by Latvia's Eric Esenvalds and he requested to Naxos that the Portland State Singers were the ones he wanted to record an album of his music.  

The choir’s international competition awards and the success of  their multiple CDs draw attention to the university’s choral program and increase the number and quality of applications, both to the program and to the performing choirs.

Portland Opera Guild's Board of Directors voted recently to give a grant to the PSU Chamber Choir to help their excellent program and in appreciation for their appearances at our programs.



"Fall Classic" Luncheon on November 10, 2017

Jasmin White, a winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions for the Northwest Region is our featured performer for the Luncheon! She will be accompanied by accomplished pianist, Michael Barnes.

View our upcoming luncheons and events below and make your reservations. Don't miss our on these wonderful events!

Met Opera HD Re-Broadcast July 12th

Enjoy the Metropolitan HD Summer Re-broadcast of Verdi’s Nabucco next Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 pm at the Century 16 Eastport Plaza in Portland, OR.  Placido Domingo stars in this awe-inspiring production.

Win a ticket to this showing by “Liking” our Portland Opera Guild Facebook page, and adding a Comment to the Nabucco post with the name of your favorite opera. The contest ends Monday, 7/10 at midnight, and winners will be notified on Tuesday, 7/11/17. Or, contact us directly at

PSU Opera Program Senior Recitals

Saori Erickson Senior Recital June 4th at PSU Lincoln Hall Rm. 75, 6:30 pm

PSU School of Music Opera Program Upcoming Senior Voice Recitals

Saori Erickson

Sunday, June 4th @ 6:30pm, Lincoln Recital Hall (75) Caccini, Scarlatti, Duparc, Strauss, Mozart, Barber and Puccini

Grace Skinner

Saturday, June 10th @ 2pm, Lincoln Hall 326 Brahms, Hahn, Poulenc, Haydn, Elgar

Hannah Consenz

Sunday, June 11th @7:30pm, Lincoln Recital Hall (75) Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Richard Strauss, & Puccini

Ellyn Culmsee

Sunday, July 23rd @ 5pm in Lincoln Recital Hall (75) Beach, Rossini, Milhaud, Schubert, Wolf, Bach


She’s knowledgeable, personable, stimulating and talented, and fortunately, available for the Opera Guild’s May Luncheon. Suzanne Nance’s luncheon appearance courtesy of All Classical Portland (KQAC 89.9 FM), and noted piano accompanist Michael Barnes are sponsored by Laserwerks’ Don and Mary Svela.
Prior to her arrival in the Rose City, Ms. Nance hosted the afternoon drive-time radio show on WFMT Chicago and co-produced and hosted Lyric Opera of Chicago’s internationally syndicated radio broadcast series. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer about music and an arts ambassador who speaks nationally about the power of music, the benefits of Arts education, and the importance of supporting cultural endeavors.

Joie de Musique (Joy of Music) is the theme of the Guild’s May luncheon. Suzanne Nance will perform several arias along with some lighter songs with a French flair.

If you are not already a luncheon season subscriber, or want to bring guests, send your check with the enclosed reservation form right away. Contact Patricia Cavanaugh at for a reserved table for eight, or to check reservation availability after the May 24th cutoff. Sorry, we may not be able to accommodate any last minute walk-ins for this very special event.