OTO Resiliency Plan and Intentions, April 2020 

       As we monitor evolving changes to social distancing, OTO is committed to fulfilling its mission, bringing innovative performances to the community as well as supporting its artists.

       As artists, it is our process and credo to plunge into the unknown – we may not know what comes next but we will try to make art anyway. We are excited to explore new potentials, collaborations, and creation. So we’d like to share some of our intentions going forward…


   – ca. early May OTO is launching a new online series of premieres, featuring solo and duo collaborations and interviews of how artists are fairing and making music. Featuring an original piece for Mezzo-Soprano and Clarinet, as well as an arrangement of the 1919 hit song, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise

      Our first collaboration will feature Mezzo-soprano, Camille Sherman, clarinetist/Exec. Dir., Lisa Lipton, and composer/Artistic Dir. Justin Ralls. Performances/interview will be available on  Instagram and Facebook and will be shared with 89.9 All Classical Portland and Portland Opera

     –    Pursuing online live-stream production of Michael Lanci’s and Kim Davies’ 20 minute chamber opera Admissions (previously feat. in Climate of Guilt).

    – June, 2020 Live-streamed performance for New Music Gathering 2020 Virtual Event, details TBA

    – ca. August, 2020

      Outdoor performance of Song of the Most Beautiful Bird of the Forest(previously feat. in Climate of Guilt). Depending on the opening of social distance restrictions we are pursuing possibilities  for outdoor performance. We are working closely with our cast, crew, venues, as well as  local health authorities.

       – ca. December, 2020 Pursuing  online live- stream  production of Ricky Ian-Gordon’s Green Sneakers, in collaboration with baritone, Daniel Mobbs and Queer Opera.

As events unfold, our plans are bound to change so please subscribe to our mailing list and STAY TUNED!