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Portland Opera
Published: 07 November 2018

Portland Opera to Go (POGO) will present a 50-minute, English and Spanish-language version of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville as 2018’s Portland Opera to Go production. For almost 20 years, Portland Opera to Go has travelled throughout Oregon and Washington with an opera adaptation targeted for students. This year, POGO will present nearly 60 performances, in venues including school gyms, libraries, cafeterias, classrooms and community centers.

In this adaptation of The Barber of Seville, aimed at students in 3rd through 12th grades, Rosina is new in town. Fresh from Spain, she lives with her controlling, suspicious Uncle Bartolo, who is planning to marry her off to one of his rich, elderly friends. But Rosina is in love with Almaviva. She knows he likes her too, but they have a problem – she speaks only Spanish, and he speaks only English. They enlist the help of the brilliant, bilingual Figaro, and hilarious antics ensue.

Portland Opera to Go provides engaging, accessible artistic educational programming in elementary and middle schools, focusing on schools with economic and geographic barriers to accessing fine arts experiences. Over 50 percent of schools visited are Title I and are located in rural communities. To integrate the experience, POGO also provides in-class workshops and a 100+ page teacher’s guide, including curriculum connections that highlight clear learning goals and creative activities for students.

Tickets are on sale now for two public performances at the Hampton Opera Center on December 8, 2018 and December 15, 2018.

In addition to touring to schools throughout the region, Portland Opera to Go will present the following public performances:



November 12 at 2 p.m.

Tigard Public Library

13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223

Free admission


November 17 at 2 p.m.

Chehalem Cultural Center

415 E. Sheridan St, Newberg, OR 97132


December 8 at 1 p.m.

Hampton Opera Center

211 SE Caruthers St., Portland, OR 97214

$10 for adults, $5 tickets for children (12 and under), or $20 for a group of 4

This performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language and will also include a live audio description of the visual and physical events onstage for patrons who are blind or have low-vision.


December 15 at 1 p.m.

Hampton Opera Center

211 SE Caruthers St., Portland, OR 97214

$10 for adults, $5 tickets for children (12 and under), or $20 for a group of 4


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