AnDee Compton

AnDee Compton



Describe your role with Portland Opera

I was welcomed into Portland Opera in the fall of 1992.  Since then, I've sung in the chorus in over 60 productions, as well as an outreach program, chorus bits, featured roles, and solo roles.  Being a member of this company has been an incredible experience.

What music/book/movie/show/poem/place/moment is currently inspiring you?

My husband and I just finished watching Lovecraft Country.  What a story!  But with the incredible cast, direction, production, cinematography, and costuming, it absolutely exploded to life.  We were transfixed and are hoping for another season.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I've always wanted to be a singer, although before college more jazz or pop.  I then discovered a recording of "Nessun Dorma" by Luciano Pavarotti and fell head over heels in love with opera.

In my free time, you can usually find me...

Cooking (I particularly love making soups and stews), gardening, and decorating for the holidays.  One silver lining to working from home has been spending more time enjoying my home all dressed up.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

Over 28 years, there have been so, so many, it's hard to choose - from Packy the elephant, to the debut of Carmina Burana with Bodyvox, to being on stage with Marcello Giordani, to working with a Hollywood director, and all the unbelievably beautiful costumes I've been blessed to wear.  But I think the most incredible and humbling experience has been standing backstage and listening to an amazing artist share their gift.


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