Damien Geter Named Interim Music Director of Portland Opera

By Afton Wooten

Portland Opera has announced that Damien Geter will take on the position of interim Music Director beginning Oct. 1.

Geter is an accomplished composer, bass-baritone, and actor. His library of compositions includes chamber, orchestral, and vocal works that focus on social justice. He has been seen on the operatic stage with Portland Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and many others, as well as on television. Geter also holds the position of Artistic Advisor for the social justice-focused award-winning Resonance Ensemble and has authored “Music in Context: An Examination of Western European Music Through a Sociopolitical Lens.”

During Portland Opera’s past season, Geter curated “Journeys to Justice,” and launched Portland Opera Onscreen. Since July of 2020, Geter has acted as co-Artistic Advisor.

In a press release, Geter stated, “I am so humbled to be a part of an esteemed group of colleagues who are shepherding this art form into the 21st century.” “As Portland Opera’s interim Music Director, I hope to help shape musical experiences that will be deeply impactful for our audiences to internalize and enjoy!”

Sue Dixon, the General Director of Portland Opera says “I think Damien is a genius.” “This moment represents the connection of two perfect opportunities: next steps and growth for the company, and next steps and growth for the brilliant work Damien is already doing as an artist and leader in our community and field. In this role, his contributions will shine at Portland Opera in a new way—one that directly impacts our artistic goals for continued excellence as an ensemble.”