Viva’s Holiday

December 2, 3 & 4 at the Star Theater


OTO is a proud sponsor of Viva’s Holiday, the most exciting opera premiere of the season. Viva is a one-act opera about a Portland stripper going home for the holidays.

Based on Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas, the story combines a local underground heroine’s experiences with lyrical vocal writing and a 12-piece orchestra.

The opera is being produced by Cult of Orpheus, the music production vehicle of composer Christopher Corbell, and features the work of many OTO regulars, including OTO Music Director Erica Melton.

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

Trailer by Galen Huckins. Narration by Sam Mowry. 

this project was 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


This production generously supported by:

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Special thanks to:

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Sauvie Island Community Church

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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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