Joseph Michael Muir

Describe your role with Portland Opera

I've been a regular member of the Portland Opera chorus since the 2014-2015 season. 

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

During this pandemic, I've been listening to a lot of The Wailin' Jennys, Jon Bryant, and Devotchka.  I've also been watching a show called Letterkenny.  I don't know why, but I absolutely love it!

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...

Either brewing beer or baking something.

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

Learning how to bake bread from scratch.  I was terribly intimidated for years, and was surprised to find out just how simple it really is to make good bread from scratch.

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 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.


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