Joseph Michael Muir

Joseph Michael Muir



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

I honestly had no clue what I wanted to do until college. When I heard a recording of La bohème with Pavarotti, Freni, Panerai, and Ghiaurov, conducted by Karajan, I was instantly hooked.

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

In the kitchen cooking with my kids, baking bread, brewing beer, or fermenting something!

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

Getting to be part of the historic and iconic The Rake's Progress production from Glyndebourne. The Rake's Progress was the first opera I was ever in, and is very near to my heart. I watched that original production on an old VHS tape in college several times. It was surreal to be part of that production so many years later.

What's your favorite Portland coffee shop, brewery, cidery, or winery?

My favorite winery is Eminent Domaine winery in Newberg. They have great pinots, with beautiful views to enjoy while you picnic outdoors.

What's your favorite season in Portland/why?

Like most Portlanders, I love autumn in the city. The color of the leaves and the crisp air paired with the local fall flavors make the season something to look forward to every year!

What is the most interesting/unusual job you've ever had?

I used to work as a temp in the Ralph Lauren Fashion House in New York City. My job was to sort fabric swatches for menswear. I got to meet Jerry Lauren, Ralph's brother, as well as see Tim Gunn on one of his visits to the house, long before he made a name for himself on TV.

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