Eugene Opera To Stage “Vía Láctea, A New Opera in English” in Upcoming Season

We are thrilled to announce that Eugene Opera will include “Vía Láctea, A New Opera in English" in its 2017-2018 season. According to tradition, Eugene Opera announced its upcoming season at its New Year Gala, held annually at the Hult Center in Eugene, on December 31.  This presentation of “Vía Láctea” prompted much celebration on the part of all who helped stage the premiere in Bend, Oregon in June 2016, from cast to crew, donors to divas.

The Eugene production will feature many of the original principal singers who performed in the OperaBend premiere, complemented by other renowned vocal talents eager to try this new work on for size.  As part of the evolution of a new opera, over the course of the next many months librettist Ellen Waterston and composer Rebecca Oswald will work closely with Eugene Opera’s stage and music directors, as well as vocalists and musicians, to “workshop” the libretto and the orchestration. The performances of “Vía Láctea” at Eugene, Oregon’s Hult Center are presently scheduled for May 2018.   Details of Eugene Opera’s complete 2017-18 season will be finalized by March 15, 2017. 

poetry in performance - mid-valley poetry society

Ellen Waterston, with Aimee Larson, soprano and Christopher Wicks, accompanist, will offer a presentation on the making of "Via Lactea," Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Woodland Chapel, 580 High Street, Salem, Oregon.

zolomedia's 3-part series on "via Lactea"

ZoloMedia's Curtis Vogel covered "Via Lactea" in a 3-part series that aired on KBNZ June 2016. Click here to access the series:

Camino POdcast features Via Lactea

Ellen Waterston was featured in an interview in Episode 16, A Musical Pilgrimage, of Dave Whitson's "Camino Podcast" series on Soundcloud. Click here to hear the entire interview:

thanks to all who supported "Via lactea"

Special thanks to Umpqua Bank, 828 NW Wall St., Bend, for hosting not one, but two, VIP receptions prior to the Friday and Saturday evening, June 10 and 11, 2016 performances. Manager Arden Dettwyler and his team went above and beyond to make the receptions a success.

The "Via Lactea" team also is grateful for the coverage provided by print and electronic media, including the Bend Bulletin, Cascade Publications (Bend Fashion Quarterly and Arts and Entertainment), Oregon Public Broadcasting's State of Wonder, Source Weekly, and Zolo Media.

good fortune - outstanding principal singers

The world premiere of "Via Lactea" was fortunate to attract an outstanding roster of principal singers who brought world-renowned talent and excitement to their characters. Shown below:
First row, left to right: Emily Pulley, "Peregrina;" Jeanne Wentworth, "Camino Woman;" Hannah Penn, "Omniscient;" Jason Stein, "Father Tomas;" Second row, left to right: Jocelyn Claire Thomas, "Peggy;" Zachary Lenox, "Harold;" Chad Johnson, "Peregrino."

world premiere attracted sold-out audiences

"Via Lactea, A New Opera in English," had its world premiere on the stage of Bend, Oregon's historic Tower Theatre June 10-12, 2016, to three sold-out houses. The "Via Lactea" team was thrilled and excited by the enthusiastic reception this new opera received.

What's Next?

Would you like to help move "Via Lactea" forward to other venues? Thanks to input from the opera companies who scouted the performances, as well as audience members, changes are being made to the libretto to take the opera to the next venue. Stay tuned for opportunities to contribute a tax-deductible donation to support showcasing "Via Lactea" to other opera companies.