Portland The University of Portland Magazine

Less Traveled Roads

Bobby Ray ’09 & The Electric Opera Company...here tearing into Rossini’s Barber of Seville, are young alumni and students who rewrite classical scores for roaring guitars, and are increasingly popular in clubs and schools in Oregon. Why classical? “It’s better than rock, but it sure can be boring,” says Ray, who founded the company in a pub in Prague. “We give it energy. We want to reach new ears, make old ears hear in new ways, revitalize opera into pop culture…” See electricoperacompany.com.