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Portland Opera & Pacific University Chamber Singers

April 6, 2023: Host Christa Wessel welcomes Portland Opera and the Pacific University Chamber Singers to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.

Portland Opera will preview their upcoming production of Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka (or ‘the Mermaid Opera’). In this centuries-old lyrical folktale with roots in Slavic mythology, a mermaid falls in love with a prince.


Portland Opera‘s upcoming production Rusalka was composed by Antonín Dvořák with a libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil. The familiar tale explores mermaids, witches, princes, and water goblins—but isn’t the happily ever after you might expect.

Learn more on their website.

Portland Opera has been bringing opera to life since the company’s founding in 1964. The first production was Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, which opened on November 7, 1964, at the Leodis V. McDaniel High School (then known as Madison High School). This first season also included Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, La Bohème, which (to date) has been the most performed opera in the company’s history.

Today, you can still find Portland Opera singers in parks and festivals around town, with our Opera a la Cart performances. Learn more at

The Pacific University Chamber Singers is comprised of 34 undergraduate students drawn from a diverse variety of disciplines across the Pacific University campus. Open through audition, the group seeks to explore a wide variety of repertoire drawn from diverse choral traditions including sacred and secular, ancient and modern, global and local. The group tours both nationally and internationally and has sung for audiences in North America, Europe and Asia. The ensemble to perform music at the highest artistic levels, while engaging audiences through a variety of choral styles and techniques.

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