OSB Says Goodbye to Our Summer Intern

OSB Says Goodbye to Our Summer Intern Camille Berger

My name is Camille Berger. I am about to start my sophomore year at the University of Washington where I am a pre-science major. I grew up in Santa Barbara and have always had a love for music and theater. I enjoyed my first year in Seattle and had a wonderful summer working at Opera Santa Barbara.

This summer Opera Santa Barbara was delighted to have rising Washington University sophomore and Dos Pueblos grad Camille Berger in our office for an internship. Cami willingly took on a broad range of responsibilities during our busy season planning period. The learning experience was mutual, and we’d love to have interns working with us all year round. Before she left, we asked Cami to give us some feedback.

What made you choose Opera Santa Barbara for an internship?
I’ve always had a love and passion for the performing arts, specifically singing, and it was not until high school that I was introduced to the beauty of opera with my singing coach. I was fortunate enough to have OSB as my first internship, an opportunity to connect my interest in singing while understanding the complexities and inner workings of a company successful as OSB.

What are some takeaways from your experiences working for an opera company between seasons?
Some takeaways would be that it is crucial for everyone in the company to be responsible for their tasks and to communicate with each other, whether that is during the day, or during team meetings. Additionally, I never realized how much coordination and behind the scenes effort it takes to successfully promote an opera production!

If you could give the next OSB intern some advice, what would it be?

It would be to ask questions. In team meetings, sometimes there was terminology that I did not quite grasp or understand and looking back, I wish I could have taken more of the initiative to ask what a certain opera/production term meant.

What are you most looking forward to in returning to Washington University?
I am most looking forward to seeing my friends again at the University of Washington and exploring the beautiful city of Seattle. I am especially excited to be in a classroom/campus environment and to interact with other fellow Husky students. I also can’t wait to attend the theater arts in Seattle!

If your schedule allowed for you to come back for one OSB production this season, which one would it be and why?

I would love to see An American Dream because the story that demonstrates the parallels between Japanese Americans and European Jews during World War II sounds extremely interesting to me and I personally resonate with this opera. I am half Filipino and European Jewish descent therefore I am fully aware of the painful histories these cultures have endured and continue to struggle with to this day.


L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore