Employment & Auditions



Auditions will be held on February, 21, 2015
at the offices of Portland Opera:
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214


Mother Goose in The Rake’s Progress – the Madam in the brothel.  Mezzo-soprano or contralto. Gianetta in L’Elisir D’Amore – the leading lady’s best friend.   Mezzo-soprano.


Auditions are by appointment only.  Please send your resume and headshot to music@portlandopera.org.  You will be notified by February 7 if you have been granted an audition.


Those auditioning for Mother Goose should bring a 20th or 21st century aria in English.

Those auditioning for Gianetta should bring a bel canto Italian aria.  You may choose to sing Gianetta’s aria from L’elisir.

Singers are welcome to audition for one or both roles – please let us know in advance for which role you’d like to audition.


The Rake’s Progress begins rehearsal on May 18 and runs for three performances through June 14

L’Elisir D’Amore begins rehearsal on June 22 and runs for six performances through August 1

Please note: AGMA contracts will be issued for this engagement.  Portland Opera is considering local singers only at this time.


Please contact music@portlandopera.org for information on mainstage auditions.


Auditions for the Portland Opera Chorus are held on a biennial basis. The next round of open auditions is scheduled for spring of 2015. Further details will be available on the audition page at a later date.


Portland Opera seeks non-singing performers (supernumeraries or supers) for future productions. Supers perform a variety of roles, from servants to soldiers, and get to experience opera up close and personal from the Keller Auditorium stage. This exciting opportunity allows you to become part of the production on an intimate level. This is a volunteer position with free parking and two passes to the dress rehearsal provided. Please contact Bianca Rios at brios@portlandopera.org for applications.



Date Posted: January 19th, 2015
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled
Start Date: No later than January 31, 2015
Position Status:  Fulltime, Non-Exempt, Regular


Portland Opera is seeking qualified candidates for a fulltime Executive Assistant to provide administrative support to the General Director (GD), including activities related to governance and fundraising.
General duties include:

Maintains calendar, organizes and schedules meetings as needed.
Manages communication flow by:
o    Screening and handling all telephone calls to General Director’s office
o    Processes all mail, incoming and outgoing for General Director
o    Creates correspondence and reports as directed
Prepares Board meeting minutes, maintains Board contact lists, and provides administrative support to Board governance activities
Prepares Board orientation materials as directed
Coordinates General Director’s fundraising activities with Development department
Completes research projects as directed by General Director
Processes business receipts and invoices for General Director
Makes travel arrangements for GD and other staff as necessary
Coordinates meetings and events, including hospitality arrangements, as directed
Keeps the third floor office supply room maintained and stocked as needed; orders supplies as needed
Performs other duties and completes special projects as directed
Oversees catering and hospitality for receptions, Board events and company parties
Other administrative duties as directed

The ideal candidate is positive, self-directed, highly organized, detail oriented, outgoing and possess a strong collaborative, team-oriented approach to work.  The candidate must maintain a high level of confidentiality in all matters related to the offices of the GD and COO, and the company in general.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills are essential.

Interested candidates should forward a résumé and cover letter, along with three references, to adminjobs@portlandopera.org.  Please, no phone calls.

Download the full job description here.


Date Posted: November 25, 2014
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled
Start Date: No later than January 31, 2015
Position Status: Exempt, Fulltime, Regular


Portland Opera is seeking a qualified individual who can help grow our Broadway Group and Corporate Sales Efforts. The Broadway Group & Corporate Sales Manager (GSM) is responsible for managing all aspects of Broadway Across America Portland sales efforts. The GSM reports directly to the Director of Broadway Marketing.

Broadway Group & Corporate Sales Manager essential duties include, but are not limited to:
o    With direction from the Director of Broadway Marketing, develop and manage a business strategy to meet and exceed Broadway Group Sales goals
o    Provide excellent customer service throughout the sales process
o    Work closely with assigned Box Office team members to ensure that the ticketing fulfillment process is consistent with established Group Sales policies and customer service standards
o    Research shows in advance of season campaign through all means available, including traveling to see specific shows when practical
o   Campaign plans should include:
o    Developing new clients by networking, prospecting, and cold calling
o    Building business partnerships and relationships through mail, e-mail, phone, personal presentation campaigns, and attendance at a variety of community and industry events
o    Planning, coordinating, and executing Group Sales events
o    Coordinate sales fulfillment with Box Office team, including pricing, payments and inventory management
o    Generate group sales reports on weekly, monthly, show and season basis  – including those for show settlements – as appropriate; prepare periodic reports on client development as directed
o    Develop sales policies, procedures, strategies, and forms with direction from Director of Broadway Marketing

The Group and Corporate Sales Manager position requires a self-directed individual with demonstrated sales skills. Sales efforts are coordinated with Portland Opera’s presenting partner, Key Brand Theatrical Group. Strong networking and communication skills are required to effectively represent and promote the series to a variety of clients with very specific needs and preferences. A solid working knowledge of database maintenance, data integrity, and reporting are also required. Experience working in the Ticketmaster Archtics environment – or similar integrated ticketing system – and an understanding of performing arts organization operations are very helpful.

Compensation includes base salary plus commission; full benefits package provided.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter and resume to marketingjobs@portlandopera.org

Please no phone calls.

Download the full job description here.