It was an opera celebration unlike any other in Portland! On September 13, Opera in the Park presented PSF favorite Soprano Amy Hansen, Mezzo Sarah Maines, Bass-baritone Robb Harrison, and pianist Chuck Dillard in front of a dramatic backdrop of the grand Keller fountain walls illuminated by a spectrum of colorful lights and fabric emerging from a foggy basin, as part of the ‘Changing Places: A Light, Music and Art Installation’.
A special thank you to Multnomah County Cultural Coalition for sponsoring Portland SummerFest and helping to bring free opera to our community.
Thanks to our event sponsors as well: Halprin Landscape Conservancy, Portland Parks & Recreation, and PLACE.
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.
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.
Artistic Director & Conductor
Opera in the Park is under the expert and experienced creative direction of conductor Keith Clark.
Orchestra & Chorus
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.