Employment & Auditions



Auditions will be held on December 5 and 6, 2014
at the offices of Portland Opera:
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214


Experienced ensemble singers who can portray African American ethnicity onstage.  All solo roles have been cast at this point.


Auditions are by appointment only.  Please contact Bianca Rios at brios@portlandopera.org for an appointment.


SING – Please prepare an up tempo song or ballad from the traditional Broadway Repertoire (i.e. Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, etc.). No contemporary Broadway repertoire: i.e. Les Miserables, Wicked, Miss Saigon, Rent, Spring Awakening, Phantom, etc. Bring sheet music in your own key. No transpositions on site, no a capella, karaoke, or tapes will be allowed. An accompanist will be provided.


Music rehearsals begin March 16, 2015.  Staging begins April 6, 2015 Performances are May 1, 3m, 5, 7, and 9, 2015.  There are no rehearsals before 6 pm, except on Sundays, when rehearsals may begin at 1 pm.


All performers will receive compensation for both rehearsals and performances.  Total compensation for the production will likely exceed $1500, dependent upon total number of rehearsals.

Please note: Portland Opera is considering local Portland performers only at this time.



Auditions will be held on October 17, 2014
at the offices of Portland Opera:
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers St, Portland, OR 97214

Expanded Core musicians augment the core orchestra whenever additional players are needed. Work is shared equally between Expanded Core members of the section.

Interested candidates should send a one-page professional resume and a $35 check (payable to Portland Opera and refundable at the time of audition) to:

Bianca Rios
The Hampton Opera Center
211 SE Caruthers Street
Portland, OR 97214

All resumes and checks must be received by October 3, 2014 in order to be guaranteed an audition spot.

Auditions are tentatively scheduled to begin at 3 PM. Finals are immediately following the preliminary rounds. Times are subject to change; the need for multiple preliminary rounds is contingent on the number of candidates auditioning.

For more information, please contact Bianca Rios at 503-321-5262 or at brios@portlandopera.org.


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. Click here to fill out an application.


Costume Internship

Status: Internship
Application Deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014

Portland Opera Costume Shop seeks capable, dedicated and enthusiastic interns interested in practical “hands-on” experience:

1 Intern: October – December 2014
2 Interns: January – April 2015
2 Interns: April – July 2015

Applications to be considered for internships must be received no later than Friday, September 26, 2014.

Desired Skills and Experience:

– Machine sewing (domestic and industrial) as well as hand stitching
– Detail oriented, organized, punctual
– Willingness to learn and ability to actively listen
– Commitment to a project from start to finish – with a positive attitude

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

– Assisting full-time staff with fabric prep, alterations, costume construction, and maintenance
– Participation in daily shop duties – including cleaning and organizing
– Minimum of 90 hours with the option to stay longer through the season, if desired

Perks of Being an Intern:

– Comp tickets to student dress rehearsal
– Opportunity to shadow costume professionals backstage during rehearsals
– See your work on stage!

Please Note: This internship is UNPAID and meant to enhance your technical costuming abilities – This is NOT a design opportunity.

To be considered for an internship position, applicants are asked to submit the following:

– A cover letter stating his/her specific interests, available dates and level of commitment (e.g. full-time, 15 hours weekly)
– Current resume
– At least two letters of academic or professional reference

Send Application Materials to:

Portland Opera
Attn: Frances Britt
211 SE Caruthers St
Portland, OR 97214

Or Email: productionjobs@portlandopera.org

Visit us on the web at www.portlandopera.org

Please do not call the Costume Shop

Download the full job description here.

Director of Sales and Customer Service

Date Posted: September 12, 2014
Status: Full-time Regular Exempt
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

Portland Opera is seeking a highly qualified individual to manage, lead, and grow inbound and outbound sales and telephone based fundraising operations.   The Director of Sales and Customer Service (DSCS) works closely with the Box Office Manager, Sales Manager, and other senior directors to coordinate and maximize subscription, single, and group sales, individual contributions, and customer satisfaction.

Portland Opera will launch its 50th Anniversary Season in November and this is a perfect opportunity for the right individual to help spread the excitement and increase our audiences for a truly historic celebration of the opera in Portland and the surrounding region.

The essential duties of the DSCS include, but are not limited to:

•    Oversight of departmental administrative functions related to Box Office and outbound sales operations
•    Oversight of Box Office operations in key areas to ensure maximum sales, excellent customer service, data integrity and inventory controls, and internal fiduciary controls
•    Management of outbound campaigns, primarily in support of Portland Opera subscription sales and fundraising.  Other campaigns include Broadway membership tele-funding and subscription renewal campaigns as well as occasional campaigns for other community organizations.
•    As a member of the senior management team, participates in strategic and program planning and budget development for the company as a whole

The Director of Sales and Customer Service requires demonstrated effective management of sales campaigns, ticketing operations, and fluctuating labor demands.  Strong communication and motivational skills and the ability to work with a wide range of disciplines and work styles are key to meeting sales and customer satisfaction goals.  Direct experience in managing sales and customer service programs is preferred, although other related experience and skills will be considered. Strong database and analytical skills are required.  Experience working in the Ticketmaster Archtics environment and an understanding of performing arts organization operations are very helpful.

Compensation package includes base salary, incentives, insured and paid leave benefits.

Complete job description available at www.portlandopera.org/employment

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

Download the full job description here.