There are many ways your support can continue building Portland Opera into one of the finest opera companies in the country. Consider sustained giving on a monthly basis or contribute a one-time gift to help us grow together.

Benefits of Giving

Sustaining Gift

Provide continuing funding for Portland Opera

Give a Sustaining Gift

Your regular monthly contribution will help provide a sound foundation for each opera season and for the company's future.

Camerata Society

Donors who contribute $2,500 or more

Join the Society

Named for the Florentine Camerata, a group of artists and patrons who 400 years ago created opera, Portland Opera’s Camerata Circle continues the tradition of supporting the creation and preservation of opera, both on the stage and in our community.

If you are passionate about opera and believe in supporting it for current and future generations, you can join the Camerata Circle with a gift of $2,500 or more. Contributions made in the current fiscal year may be applied towards Camerata membership.

Friends of the Opera

Donors who contribute gifts up to $2,499

Be a Friend of the Opera

We value and appreciate gifts of all sizes--every gift helps us reach our goal for annual support that makes possible our mainstage productions and our education and outreach programs.


Young Donors of $1,000 or more

Become a Comprimario

Comprimarios are donors up to age 45 whose annual contribution of $1,000 or more qualifies them for many Camerata Society benefits.

Corporate Partnership

Portland Opera corporate partners play a leading role in bringing to our community exceptional opera, Broadway theater, education programs and outreach initiatives. It’s also a great investment in the region’s economy, as Portland Opera generates more than $30 million dollars worth of local economic activity annaully!

Become a corporate sponsor and not only will you help share world-class opera and education opportunities with your community, but also you will receive exceptional recognition and entertainment benefits matched by few sponsorship opportunities in our region.  Our more than 300,000 Opera and Broadway patrons are among the Northwest’s most highly educated, high-income professionals.

Encore Society

The Encore Society recognizes those special friends of Portland Opera who have made a significant gift to Portland Opera’s endowment or have included the Opera in their will or estate plan.

Making a legacy gift is not just for the wealthy. Anyone who loves Portland Opera, even those of modest means, can make a legacy gift, ensuring great operatic performances now and for generations to come.

When you inform us of your intent to include Portland Opera in your will or estate plan, you join the Encore Society family. If you wish to be acknowledged for your gift, you will be listed in Portland Opera programs and an invitation to our annual Encore Society dinner.

You may also choose to remain anonymous and we will keep your gift in strictest confidence.

Your legacy gift may be designated to help fund a specific program or it can support the company’s general operations. Our knowing your intentions ensures that your gift will be honored according to your wishes.

Please contact Sue Dixon, Director of Development, at 503-321-5263 or to discuss legacy giving opportunities at Portland Opera. We also encourage you to consult with your attorney or tax advisor regarding any possible legacy gift.

Thank you for your interest in ensuring great Portland Opera performances for future generations!

Become A Volunteer

Can’t sing? Can’t play an instrument? You can still fill an important role in Portland Opera!

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

Volunteer opportunities with Portland Opera include:


Costumed Greeter: You can be friendly and outgoing to Portland Opera patrons entering the theater, and be able to stand for an extended period of time.

Supernumerary: You can be on stage in a non-singing and non-speaking role in an opera like an extra in the movies. Supers must be available for the entire evening rehearsal schedule and for each performance. Acting experience is a plus, but not required. Apply here.

Light-walkers: Imagine you are an opera star, standing-in on stage for artists and/or scenery while the lighting designer adjusts and focuses the lights. You must be able 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. You will set up, maintain and clean up the service so you must be able to do some lifting, go up and down stairs and move quickly.


Outgoing and friendly volunteers are needed to help us share the magic of opera with young people and thank those that support this great opera company by helping at special events, including:

  • Greeting and coat check
  • Decorations and flower arranging
  • Taking pictures
  • Assistance with set up and take down



Support: We always need help with mailings, photocopying media articles, collating documents, easy data entry, filing, proofreading, graphic design, and catering assistance for meetings and small events at The Hampton Opera Center.

Community: Distributing posters, soliciting in-kind donations, promoting ticket sales for special events.


Volunteers enjoy meeting new friends who share a common interest, the fascinating and magical world of opera! Volunteer benefits may include:
Discounted single tickets to opera productions

  • One ticket to a Dress Rehearsal, based on availability
  • Name listed in one program for the season
  • Invitation to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party

Download a volunteer application here!