Portland on Stage: Classical and Opera
Ranked among the United States’ top opera companies,
the Portland Opera draws growing audiences with its emphasis on both theatricality and musicality,
its use of projected English translations, and its anything-but-stuffy approach to opera and musical theater.
The Oregon Symphony entertains more than 300,000 people annually, performing works from classical to pop under
music director and conductor Carlos Kalmar. Chamber Music Northwest, one of the most successful music festivals in the nation,
presents an annual five-week season of concerts on the grounds of Reed College and Catlin Gabel School.
For a trip back in time, Strings magazine calls the Portland Baroque Orchestra one of the nation’s “finest purveyors of the vitality of early music.”
Portland is also home to the oldest youth orchestra in the United States: the Portland Youth Philharmonic, established in 1924.
Composed of exceptional students between the ages of 10 and 23, it is considered one of the world’s most outstanding.