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The OPERAtors are Piedmont Opera’s volunteer organization that supports and promotes the growth of opera in the Piedmont Triad community. Our dedicated, diverse, and talented OPERAtors experience exclusive and behind-the-scenes interactions with our artists in intimate, and unique settings. Like our world-famous Southern hospitality Cast Suppers; which feed and nurture our cast and crew during the orchestra dress rehearsals of our main stage productions.

With numerous OPERAtunities to meet new friends, converse with up-and-coming artists, you are bound to have fun while supporting your love of opera! Many of our OPERAtunties are special project based, which allow our volunteers flexibility in participation, you decide your level of commitment! OPERAtunities are shared via an email list, and sign-ups are coordinated on a first-come first-served basis.


Piedmont Opera’s success is based on the foundation of time, skills, and effort contributed by our OPERAtors.

Want to be part of something grand?

“The OPERAtors are a fantastic group… the OPERAtors make it possible for us to have the best small regional opera company in the country on a modest budget. And they always seem to have great fun doing it. Join now and get to know opera from the inside! You’ll be glad you did.”

                Frank Dickerson, Former Executive Director, Piedmont Opera


The OPERAtors explore many facets of opera on and off the stage in meaningful ways that fit with their level of commitment. See something missing? Let us know! We want to share the love of opera with our community, and we can't do it without volunteers like you! 


Do you enjoy making others feel welcomed? Join our Welcome Wagon and share some of your spectacular Southern charm!

Office Support

Interested in working in an office setting, perhaps learning to sell a ticket (or two?) Help  the office run smoothly!


Do you ever feel the urge to climb Pilot Mountain and shout how much you love opera?  Help us curate others like you who adore and appreciate the performing arts!

Production Support

Are you interested in costumes or skilled in sewing or altering clothing? Are you interested in working front-of-house positions like box office or handing out programs? Help us navigate the productions on and off the stage!

Membership Meetings

Quarterly convene with your peers about opera happenings, OPERAtunities & more! Hear from professionals in an informal setting about behind-the-scenes events, & more!

Special Events

Work alongside Piedmont Opera staff and board members at our many fundraising and special events. Help curate items for our silent auction or greet guests at the vineyard - the OPERAtunities are endless!


The OPERAtors pay a yearly membership which funds pre-production meals for the cast and crew of our mainstage performances.

Annual Dues: 
Active Membership: $25 (Individual) 
Sustaining Membership: $125 (Individual) $180 (Couple)


Returning members may pay dues using the link below, or by calling Piedmont Opera at

When using the link below please select OPERAtors in the Select Fund drop down. 


Piedmont Opera staff and board members annually host a celebration to honor and thank our amazing volunteers. As a small staff, we rely on the kindness of those willing to donate their time to help us throughout the year. We take the time to welcome prospective members and personally express gratitude to our current members.


Since 2010, Piedmont Opera has awarded the prestigious Terry Allen Volunteer of the Year Award to acknowledge an OPERAtor who goes above and beyond to help the opera and our community flourish. 


2023 David Stewart
2022 Price Davis
2021 Steven LaCosse
2020 Becky Brown
2019 Judy Watson
2018 Astra Strobel
2017 Carole Dunn

2016 Melvin Thomas
2015 Hal Garrison
2014 Joseph Frisina
2013 Patricia Plaxico
2012 Nancy Goldsmith
2011 Bonnie Poindexter
2010 Terry Allen

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