Volunteer

The Impact of Our Volunteers

Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Portland Opera and 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.

Over the past two seasons, we've been honored by 150 active volunteers, working 5,000 hours, doing a variety of jobs—from selling raffle tickets at our gala, to making coffee and tea for the orchestra, to welcoming our guests and patrons for opera performances, and assisting with administrative projects. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently seeking volunteers. Below, you will find a number of different opportunities that will become available again when it is safe to gather and work together in-person. 

Production
Costumed Greeter

Costumed greeters are friendly, outgoing, and welcome all Portland Opera patrons as they enter the theatre. In this role, you may be asked to stand for an extended period of time. 

Light-walkers

Imagine you are an opera star, standing-in on stage for artists and/or scenery, while the lighting designer and technicians adjust and focus the lights. You may be asked 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. For this role, you may be asked to do some lifting, go up and down stairs, and move quickly. 

Education & Patron Events - Various Locations
Various roles and locations

Outgoing and friendly volunteers are needed to help us share the magic of opera with young people, and thank those that support us at various special events. 

Behind-the-Scenes - The Hampton Opera Center
Office and Administrative Support

Throughout each season, Portland Opera's staff needs assistance with mailings, collating documents, scanning photography and press clippings, data entry, and filing.  

How can you get involved?

When we are able to seek volunteers again, you will find an application form here. Until then, thank you for your interest in sharing your time and energy with Portland Opera!