William Sweat

William Sweat

President, Board of Directors; Proprietor / Winegrower, Winderlea Vineyard & Winery


Describe your role with Portland Opera

I have been with Portland Opera for eleven years. As a board member my role is to provide fiduciary oversight to Portland Opera, to provide guidance to the senior leadership team, and to assist with raising funds for operations. As Secretary for the board, my role is to take notes at board meetings, or cause notes to be taken, and to sign and attest to the accuracy of the notes. 

How did you get involved with the opera?

My wife and I have been opera fans for about 30 years. When we moved to Oregon in 2006 we were so excited to learn that Portland had such a vibrant opera company—we had to get involved. We first became performance sponsors, then production sponsors, and then I joined the board. 

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

The first gala I attended was a jaw-dropping testament to the creative power of the people who work at Portland Opera. 

What would you like audience members to know?

Opera is a powerful storytelling art form that has the ability to touch all your emotions and challenge your thinking. I love that operas being written today confront contemporary issues of social and economic justice, and I'm proud that Portland Opera is committed to presenting them for our patrons. 

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