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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.    

• June/July 2018, Lucia di Lammermoor

• March 2018, The Secret Garden

• February 2018, OPERAGANZA!

• 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.


Scott Michaelsen is a freelance musician, raised in Central Oregon. He specializes in musical theater, having music directed several local shows such as Spamalot, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Guys and Dolls and Rock of Ages. He was also the pianist for Opera Bend's productions of Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and the upcoming The Secret Garden. Scott is additionally the middle school band director at Trinity Lutheran School in Bend. He is passionate about many genres of music from Classical to rock and looks to always expand his repertoire, skills and tastes. When not practicing, performing or listening to music, Scott can be found on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, on the fairways of the region's numerous golf courses, or playing nerdy board games.

Michael Gesme is a Professor of Music at Central Oregon Community College and Chair of the Department of Fine Arts and Communication. In this wonderfully diverse position, in addition to his duties with the Central Oregon Symphony, conducts the Cascade Winds Symphonic Band and has taught various and sundry music courses, including music theory, ear training, music history, and conducting, as part of a small, but flourishing music department. Michael also serves as conductor of the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra and is the music director and conductor of orchestras of the Young Musicians and Artists (YMA) summer camp held in Salem, Oregon. He is also an active clinician and adjudicator in the region.

Nancy Engebretson

Michael Gesme

Jason Stein

Scott Michaelsen


Hailing from Nice France, Jonathan Moore completed his music studies in Florida and Texas. He was resident conductor and assistant director of the SYZYGY new music ensemble at Southern Methodist University. Jonathan also served as assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Opera department, staff accompanist, and vocal coach. Last October, Jonathan was cover conductor for maestro Yan Pascal Tortelier at the Dallas Symphony and in April was invited to audition for the position of assistant conductor.

Jonathan Moore