Audrey Sackett



Describe your role with Portland Opera

I have been singing with the Portland Opera chorus for the past five seasons. I first joined for a Gala performance and then was thrilled to be invited to audition for regular season work.

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

Since staying home has become the new normal, I have turned back to many of my old favorite stories, and one that feels particularly relevant is Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I have always loved the book and have seen every movie adaptation. I find her writing of each sister to be so relatable. There were times in their lives that Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy made sacrifices to remain close to home, and each character deals with the duty, struggle, and simple joys of that experience with honest strength. I'm also inspired that much of Louisa May Alcott's life was the basis of the books, and in fact, she endured more struggle in reality. When things feel hard during this global pandemic, I try to remember that the creation of art doesn't have to only exist on the big stage, and that every life has different seasons. This current time is a quieter season, but it doesn't have to be void of creativity or happiness.

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

I wanted to be a singer and a mommy.  :)

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

Taking my dog to the park!

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

I took up water color painting as a hobby!

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

It is hard to choose ONE favorite memory! My first full scale production at Portland Opera was La Bohème, which is one of my favorite operas of all time. It includes a relatively small part for chorus - not multiple scenes but rather, one long scene on the bustling Paris streets. It was a beautifully directed scene with action, play, comedy, and of course gorgeous music. It was a truly joyful experience!

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