Gina Adorno

Gina Adorno



Describe your role with Portland Opera

I'm a soprano in the opera chorus. I've been working at the opera for 3 years, starting with La bohème.

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

I'm a big fan of Dorothy Parker's poetry. One that's stuck with me, that speaks particularly to artists -


If I should labor through daylight and dark,

Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,

Then on the world I may blazen my mark;

And what if I don't, and what if I do?

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

A mathematician or an actress. I ended up a musician and a therapist, which is basically the same thing. Apparently I really like counting and understanding people's motivations.

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

Getting into hijinx with my 7-year old, studying for my counseling degree, watering or pruning my legion of houseplants, painting, or enjoying all the treasures of Portland.

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

I've been playing the piano a lot. I'm a mediocre pianist at best, and something about playing an instrument where there are no expectations but a lot of beautiful harmony has been the perfect combination of stimulating and soothing for me. I also ordered a mountain of old books from thriftbooks to get me through the winter.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

The one where we all gather and sing together for the first time after the pandemic is over. That will be a moment to remember.


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