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The Poet's Shadow: A PHAME Production


  • Hampton Opera Center 211 Southeast Caruthers Street Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)
Tess Raunig, cast as Elizabeth in  The Poet’s Shadow , previews a song from the rock opera at PHAME’s winter term Get PHAMEous open house. Tess is accompanied here by PHAME’s iPad Ensemble, which will serve as part of the rock opera’s orchestra.

Tess Raunig, cast as Elizabeth in The Poet’s Shadow, previews a song from the rock opera at PHAME’s winter term Get PHAMEous open house. Tess is accompanied here by PHAME’s iPad Ensemble, which will serve as part of the rock opera’s orchestra.

This summer, PHAME is thrilled to present The Poet’s Shadow, a rock opera created in collaboration with Portland Opera. The run of seven performances will begin August 23 and will run through August 31.

The opera centers on Elizabeth, a young poet who, in despair following a break up with her lover, turns to writing poetry. As her sorrow over her loss deepens and as her emotions intensify, her poems grow darker and darker until they transform to become a monster. With the help of a fairy guide, Elizabeth embarks on a journey in which she must face three challenges, knowing that if she fails, she will lose everything she holds dear.

The production features the work of people with developmental disabilities at every step of the process, from writing the libretto, to designing the costumes, to acting on the stage, and so much more.

Tickets will go on sale June 17.

This project is supported in part by the following organizations:
Oregon Arts Commission
Regional Arts & Culture Council
City of Portland, Oregon
Multnomah County Cultural Coalition
Oregon Cultural Trust
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Starseed Foundation
HMF Beaudoin Foundation

Earlier Event: June 17
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