September 2011

Meet the Staff: Alexis Hamilton

Alexis Hamilton

Name: 
Alexis Hamilton    
    
Position:  Manager of Education & Outreach

Sexy one-line summary of what you do at the opera:
Create and facilitate cradle to grave programming to increase awareness of and delight in opera.
    
No, really: what is it you do?  
Whew...well, I am kind of a jack of all trades, really.  My job grew around my skill set so I write all the study guides for the mainstage operas, design curriculum for Portland Opera To Go, lecture on our mainstage operas, manage the bookings and personnel for Portland Opera To Go...sometimes tour manage Portland Opera To Go, write pithy paragraphs for promo sometimes, run Destination Opera..really, I function as the go-to gal for people's more in-depth questions about opera.  I have a nice library, am a great googler and have learned a lot on the job.  You got questions?  I got answers.  Even if you don't like them....

How long have you worked at the opera?   
In what capacity?  As a full time employee, I have been here 11 (Egads!  Who knew I'd be this old?) years and I have been associated with the opera either a chorister or a young artis since about 1994.
    
Were you involved with music before working with the opera? Are you a life-long opera fan, or new to the art?