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OperaBend is a small, regional opera theatre company located on the High Desert of Central Oregon.  In partnership with Central Oregon Community College  it presents two full length productions with orchestra each year. Drawing from the rich repertoire of grand opera, operetta and American Broadway, the company employs singers from the community and the Pacific NW region as well as internationally recognized and MET opera singers.    

March 2017 LA BOHEME, Puccini


October 2016, MAELSTROM

                      Larson & Reimer


June 2016 VIA LACTEA

World Premiere      

            Rebecca Osborne, Ellen Waterston


May 2016, CARMEN, Bizet


New Years, 2015/16 Die Fledermaus, Strauss


March, 2015, The Magic Flute, Mozart


June, 2015, Into the Woods, Sondheim


November 2014, SONGS and SCENES







OperaBend Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Engebretson has enjoyed the past 35 years as a performer, teacher. director and producer of performing arts. From 2003-09 she served as Executive and Artistic Director of the Childrens Music Theatre Group in Bend.  She is the instructor for the Opera Performance Class at Central Oregon Community College.

OperaBend Co-Founder and Executive Director, Stein holds degrees from NYU in acting and management. Some of his tenor roles inlcude Don Jose (Carmen) Herr Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Tamino (The Magic Flute). He has performed principal roles with Emerald City Opera, Rogue Valley Opera, Obsidian Opera, Family Opera of New Jersey and OperaBend.



Nancy Engebretson

Michael Gesme

Jason Stein

Scott Michaelson


At the new, state of the art theatres in Redmond and Madras, OperaBend will kick off a five week tour of La Boheme.   Don't miss Puccini's classic work featuring an impressive cast performing these gloriously stunning melodies!