Berkshire Opera Festival
|Our mission||The mission of Berkshire Opera Festival is to entertain and enrich the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the Berkshire region by providing accessible and affordable performances of a broad range of operas with the highest artistic standards.|
Berkshire Opera Festival
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Volunteer with Berkshire Opera Festival
Berkshire Opera Festival offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donating your time helps BOF keep our promise of fiscal responsibility while giving you the chance to interact with our exceptional artists and patrons – and have a great time doing it! Ushering Ushers help to keep BOF’s performances running smoothly and to create an inclusive,… See full description
Berkshire Opera Festival offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donating your time helps BOF keep our promise of fiscal responsibility while giving you the chance to interact with our exceptional artists and patrons – and have a great time doing it!
Ushering Ushers help to keep BOF’s performances running smoothly and to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for our audiences. You can help by volunteering as an usher for a free concert or mainstage production. Duties include:
Special Event Assistance
BOF periodically needs assistance at fundraising events, patron events, artist receptions, and other functions. Some tasks and responsibilities may include:
Artist Welcome Team
Our artists travel from all over the country and globe to perform with BOF, and we want to ensure they have a very warm welcome throughout their stay in the Berkshires. Join our artist welcome team to help receive our artists and help them feel at home! Duties may include:
BOF is always searching for shared and private spaces for BOF artists to call home during our summer season. Depending on the artist or staff position, housing needs may span from just a few days to the entire months of July and August. Some artists do have stipends available to help offset the cost of living, but as the Berkshires continue to grow as a destination location, finding secure, comfortable, and affordable seasonal housing has become more challenging each year. We are in need of both free housing and access to quality, paid short-term rentals depending on the needs and interests of the homeowner.
If you or someone you know has the ability to accommodate BOF artist or production staff member in your home or guest house during the months of July and/or August within a 40-minute commute to Great Barrington, this volunteering option could provide a meaningful contribution to BOF. Contact Company Manager Meghan Van Alstyne to learn more.
Community Outreach Assistance
General Office Assistance
Volunteer with our administrative staff at our home office in Great Barrington and take a hands-on role in BOF’s daily activities. Help is most often requested during the summer season, but we do periodically have projects that require assistance throughout the rest of the year. Duties may include:
Board of Directors
BOF is committed to a Board of Directors that reflects the diversity of our community, and we welcome your inquiries. If you have a passion for opera, supporting the arts in the Berkshires, and would like to make an investment in our future by becoming a member of Berkshire Opera Festival’s Board of Directors, contact BOF Executive Director Abigail Rollins to learn more.
BOF is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all staff, artists, patrons, and volunteers. If you require any special accommodations or have limitations on specific tasks you can perform, please let us know and we will do our best to match you with duties that meet both your interests and abilities.
*Please note that during the Summer 2021 season, ushering opportunities are available for our production of Glory Denied (Bard College @ Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington) July 22 and 24 and our free concert “Much Ado About Shakespeare” on August 11 at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox. If you are interested in ushering for performances of Falstaff, please inquire with the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to learn about their volunteer and ushering opportunities.Hide full description
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|About us||We are Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF), a fully-producing summer festival that opened in 2016. Adhering to the highest standards of artistic excellence, we are committed to restoring fully-staged opera to a place of prominence in the Berkshire community. Each summer, we present musically and dramatically compelling operatic productions, in addition to recitals and other related musical events. We believe that opera is a living, breathing, relevant art form, and must be nurtured as such in order for it to survive and thrive. There is no substitute for experiencing the power of the live, unamplified human voice in a theater, and opera has the inherent, transformative ability to greatly enhance one’s quality of life. Our intent is for BOF to be an integral and vital part of the community, and it is central to our mission to present performances that are accessible and affordable to all Berkshire residents.|