alternative opera in portland, oregon


2013/2014 SEASON

Giasone and The Argonauts

…a high-brow/low-brow fusion of 17th century Venetian opera and 1960s mythic fantasy cinema

7:00 pm May 30, 31 & June 5, 6, 7, 2014

The Hollywood Theatre

With an all-star cast featuring:

Hannah Penn | Stacey Murdock

Catherine Olson | Daniel Buchanan

Ian José Ramirez | Deac Guidi | José Rubio

Hsin Yi Lin | André Flynn

Lindsey Cafferky

Costume design by Useless Woman A.C.

Jewelry design by Studio Checha

live foley by David Ian and Dino deAElfweald of Unchained Productions

Music Direction by Erica Melton

Technical Direction by Galen Huckins

Featuring the OTO Technicolor Orchestra

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Trailer by Galen Huckins. Narration by Sam Mowry. 

this project is funded in part by:


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additional significant support provided by:

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2012/2013 SEASON

The Cunning Little Vixen

by  Leoš Janáček

JULY  24, 25, 26, 27,  2013

Wild Goose Farm, Sauvie Island

Happy Bunny and Jay

In July 2013, we invited audience members to immerse themselves in summertime for OTO’s “The Cunning Little Vixen,” bringing together cuisine, opera and dance at Wild Goose Farm on Sauvie Island.

Leos Janácek’s wildly passionate fable celebrates nature’s cycles of birth, love, death and renewal told through the eyes of both humans and animals. Guests are invited to arrive early and enjoy the farm and libations available at the bar tucked among the orchard trees while Czech chanteuse Helena Greathouse and accordionist Mark Greathouse warm up the audience with native folk and cabaret music. Before the performance on July  27, audience members may participate in a Farm-to-Table dinner prepared by celebrated chef Thomas Boyce (formerly of Blue Hour). Wild Goose’s farm suppers are a rare occurrence and a hot ticket (sure to sell out quickly); they were recently featured in The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland in a chapter entitled “Supper Club Renegades.”

Run time 90 minutes. Performed in English translation, accompanied by a sextet of  flute, clarinet, viola, harp, cello and pump organ (arrangements by Melton).

directed by Clara Weishahn

featuring the Agnieszka Laska Dancers ,  choreography by Agnieszka Laska

musical direction by Erica Melton

with a special pre-show performance by Mark and Helena Greathouse



Caitlin Mathes as Vixen Sharp Ears

Erik Hundtoft as the Gamekeeper

Rachel Hauge as Golden Mane the Fox

John Boelling as  Schoolmaster/  Mosquito

Kevin Walsh as  Pastor /  Badger

Deac Guidi as Harasta the Poacher

 Eva Wolff as Forester’s Wife

Allison Robertson as Lapak the Dog

Cristina Marino as Rooster

Helen Funston as Chocholka, the Crested Hen

Wes Harris as Pasek the Innkeeper

Alexis Moore-Eytinge as Mrs. Paskova

Kurleen Nowickas as Woodpecker

Cynthia Boelling as Owl

Sylvia Romero as Young Vixen

Shayla Norris-York as Pepik /  Grasshopper

Anna Martin as Frantik

Greta Boelling as  Frog

Ariana Davis as Cricket

Lindsay Reed as  Jay

Anna Moiso as  Deer

Emily Stevens as  Hedgehog


Celine Thackston, flute/piccolo | Stan Stanford, clarinet

Jean Mastaler, viola/violin | Betsy Goy, violoncello

Kate Petak, harp/glockenspiel | Colin Shepard, reed organ


Click here for complete cast and creative/production crew bios!

This production generously supported by:


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Special thanks to:

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The Old Maid and the Thief

October 5,6,7,11,12, 2012

The Mission Theater

Directed by Kristin Heller

Musical direction by Erica Melton

featuring an original short film by Jen Wechsler


Christine Meadows as Miss Todd

Erik Hundtoft as Bob

Audrey Sackett as Laetitia

Robert Hill as Wally Willamette

Ian Timmons as the Assistant to the Production Assistant

featuring live foley by Unchained Production’s David Ian and Dino DeAElfweald

featuring the merry melodies of the “KQAC Radio Band”

original sponsor jingles by Justin Ralls, with lyrics by Robert Hill

REVIEWS of “The Old Maid and the Thief:”

James  McQuillen, The Oregonian

James Bash Oregon Music News


2011/2012 SEASON

You’re Still as Beautiful

MAY 31 | JUNE 1, 8, 9, 2012 | 7:30 pm | The Mission Theater

courtesy of Aralani Photography

courtesy of Aralani Photography

“You’re Still as Beautiful”

 …a new adaptation of Claude Debussy’s masterpiece “Pelléas et Mélisande”                 

 Debussy’s sumptuous and evocative legend is recast as a web of flashbacks, delusions and fantasies:

what if Pelléas merely imagined his love affair with Mélisande?



Matthew Hayward as Pelléas/ “X”

Jena Viemeister as Mélisande/”A”

Ben Bell as Golaud/ “M”


Directed by Clara Weishahn

Lighting design by Peter West

Set design by Brian Melton

sung in French with English surtitles

May 31, June 1, 8, 9, 2012 (all shows at 7:30 pm)

The Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St. Portland

***All ages welcome***


This production was made possible by the generous support of


and season sponsor


Additional support by

Robert J. McGaughey, Attorney


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