Regional Coordinator: Gayle Charlesworth

Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Portland Opera Guild

Founded in 1960 by a group dedicated to supporting opera in Oregon, Portland Opera Guild has evolved into an organization that generously supports opera projects. and also has a portfolio of unique responsibilities and events which it manages for Guild membership.

From outstanding luncheons featuring performances by local singers, picnics at Opera in the Park sponsored by SummerFest Portland, to acting as volunteers in coordination with the Metropolitan Operation National Council Auditions, Portland Opera Guild blends social time and networking with many other meaningful educational and philanthropic programs. Our Guild Newsletter, the Coloratura, and OperaTunities listing of local opera events, as well as social media listings of performances, keep our members and the public informed about Opera. Contact for further information about the organization!

The President of Portland Opera Guild is Rodney Mazour.

PO Box 25028

Portland, OR 97298 USA
Ph: 360-567-8516

Seattle Opera Guild

The Seattle Opera Guild has been providing educational and social opportunities for its members since 1956. Current Guild membership is approximately 450. Through its fundraising activities, the Guild has raised of $65,000 each year for donation to opera-related organizations. The bulk of the money has gone to Seattle Opera, but other recipients include King county libraries, Metropolitan Opera National council—Northwest Region and Northwest Opera In schools Etc. (NOISE).

The eleven Preview Groups of the Seattle Opera Guild are essentially independent in the manner in which they operate their previews and special events. Each is essentially a close-knit social group, whose members cherish the associations that they form through group activity.

Each group is expected to raise a significant amount of money each season to supplement the funds available to the Guild for donations, and each group chooses different methods of doing this. The groups are organized primarily along geographical lines, but there is nothing mandatory about this. People generally join a group to be with friends, or to enjoy previews at a time and location that they find convenient.

The president of Seattle Opera Guild is Christine Szabadi.

5620 s. 233rd Street
Suite 101
Kent, WA 98032 USA
Ph: 253-277-3064

Vancouver Opera Guild

The Vancouver Opera Guild was formed in 1979 under the British Columbia Societies Act. Since that time we have maintained a proud tradition of promoting and supporting opera in British Columbia. The Guild plans projects to benefit Vancouver Opera productions and to help young talent establish their careers. We organize social events and coordinate tours to well-known opera houses around the world.

The Vancouver Opera Guild initiated the concept of taking opera into the schools. We started with slide shows and short lectures and then developed mini-operas, performed in schools throughout the Lower Mainland and eventually the Province. The Guild still supports the Opera in Schools Touring Ensemble program.

Each November the Guild hosts the Western Canada District Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera and presents cash awards to the winners. A substantial Career Development Grant is also given each spring to a Canadian artist involved with opera or preparing for a career in opera. These, as well as other educational projects, are funded with income generated by the Guild’s activities. However, our major beneficiary continues to be Vancouver Opera Association

In 1992, the Guild received a Volunteer Vancouver Recognition Award for its contribution to the city through volunteer service. Over the years, the Guild has also received a number of awards from Opera Volunteers International. In 2003, we were awarded a Partnership Award for our involvement with Opera in Schools and we won a Resource Competition Award for our strategic planning process. In 2010, we won an Opera Volunteers International Partners in Excellence award for our “Guild Adopts a School” program.

The Guild president is Susan Mair.

O'Brian Centre for Opera
1945 McLean Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 3J7 CAN
Ph: 604-732-6931

Skagit Opera Guild

At Mount Vernon’s McIntyre Hall, Skagit Opera offers outstanding productions in an intimate venue where opera buffs and newcomers alike can enjoy thrilling acting, singing and music. The non-profit company began in 2003 and has since debuted critically acclaimed productions of “Tosca” and “Elisir d’Amore,” among others.

Batsy Risser is president of the Skagit Opera Guild.

2201 N. La Venture
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 USA
Ph: 360-873-8656