PORTLAND OPERA ASSOCIATION INC Overview
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211 SE Caruthers Street
Target demographics: Portland Opera serves more than 400,000 people annually from every age, culture, geography and socio-economic group throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000 adults and 35,000 young people who attend operas, Broadway shows, educational programs and hundreds of free concerts, previews, performances and lectures throughout the community.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Volunteers are a valued and integral part of this world class opera company. They play a vital role by helping our artists, supporting productions, reducing costs and providing skilled assistance in virtually every department. Their hard work and generosity keeps the beauty and passion of opera alive.
Volunteer opportunities with Portland Opera include:
• Supernumerary: You can be on stage in a non-singing and non-speaking role in an opera – like an extra in the movies. Supers must be available for the entire evening rehearsal schedule and for each performance. Acting experience is a plus, but not required. Apply here.
• Light-walkers: Imagine you are an opera star, standing-in on stage for artists and/or scenery while the lighting designer adjusts and focuses the lights. You must be able to sit, stand, kneel, lay and/or hold props for an extended period of time.
• Backstage Beverage Service: Experience an opera from behind the scenes hosting our complimentary coffee canteen service for the artists, choristers, musicians and production staff during opera rehearsals and performances in the Keller Auditorium. You will set up, maintain and clean up the service so you must be able to do some lifting, go up and down stairs and move quickly.
• Costuming: Experienced sewers are always needed to assist with hand sewing the hundreds of amazing costumes that enliven an opera performance.
EDUCATION & PATRON EVENTS – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Outgoing and friendly volunteers are needed to help us share the magic of opera with young people and thank those that support this great opera company by helping at special events, including:
• Greeting and coat check
• Decorations and flower arranging
• Taking pictures
• Assistance with set up and take down
BEHIND THE SCENES – PORTLAND OPERA PLAZA
• Support: We always need help with mailings, photocopying media articles, collating documents, covering front desk for meetings and/or lunches (answering phones and greeting visitors), easy data entry, filing, proofreading, graphic design, and catering assistance for meetings and small events at The Hampton Opera Center.
• Community: Distributing posters, soliciting in-kind donations, promoting ticket sales for special events.
Geographic areas served: All of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Portland Opera has long been a leader in making a wide variety of operatic repertoire more accessible to a diverse audience. In 2010, the Company recorded and released the first and widely acclaimed recording of Philip Glass Orphée to finally share this great American opera with a wider audience. Portland Opera is one of the few major North American companies to offer fully produced chamber opera productions in addition to large mainstage productions. We are the only opera company in the United States to offer a separate subscription series of nationally touring Broadway shows, providing wider access to musical entertainment and additional revenue to enhance our ability to produce increasingly sophisticated opera productions. We also bring opera to every corner of Oregon and our region with a state-wide tour and region-wide broadcasts.
Access for young people and the community is a major focus of Portland Opera’s mission. Community Outreach and Education efforts include Portland Opera to GO, one of the West Coast’s largest arts education programs. This region-wide school tour of a 50-minute, English language adaptation of a classic opera annually presents up to 100 performances and community concerts in inner-city and rural communities throughout the Northwest, reaching as many as 25,000 young people. Other outreach events, such as Student Dress Rehearsals, live opera simulcasts and public rehearsals, rush tickets, public concerts and previews, brown bag lunches and a monthly radio program develop audiences for today and tomorrow, building enthusiasm for opera among a broad public audience.
Portland Opera also remains deeply committed to building the next generation of opera artists. Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Studio Artists (POSA) program, provides a “bridge” from the conservatory world to the professional stage for 4-5 young singers from the nation’s finest vocal conservatories Unlike many residency programs that send young artists on the road as a part of a school tour, the Studio Artists join the company for a rigorous two-year training and performance program. They perform the supporting roles in the mainstage operas, represent the Company in many community activities, and are featured in the leading roles in a fully-produced, fully professional chamber opera that is a regular part of Portland Opera’s subscription season.
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