August 2011

POSA's Revisited

It's that time again: we're now accepting applications for our 2012-2013 class of Portland Opera Studio Artists.

I have a very personal relationship to our POSA program -- I started at the company two weeks after the very first class of POSAs arrived. We were all roughly the same age, and we shared a working space. It took us a little while (I was shy) but we all became close friends. We were particularly good at pub trivia! (Scott Six, our first POSA tenor, was an absolute trivia genius). They made my first year here very special.

Now we are beginning the audition process again, and also looking forward to meeting our next batch of POSAs! In celebration of the start of another class of young singers, I thought I'd revisit our first class of "graduates" and let you know what they're up to.

Amber Opheim: Soprano

Amber Opheim

After leaving Portland, Amber spent several years in NYC before entering a Masters program in German at University of South Carolina last year. After completing a year of study, Amber was selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Austrian American Educational Commission to be a U.S. Teaching Assistant in Austria for the next academic year. She currently resides in Austria, but is spending the summer in Germany, singing Marie in Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Soprano soloist in Carmina Burana, and Soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Bad Hersfelder Opernfestspiele. She is represented by Scott Levine Management.

Author note: Amber Opheim is one of my closest friends, so I will also inform you that she is really passionate about pie, of which there is apparently very little in Europe.