Sarah Maines

Sarah Maines

Mezzo-soprano
Pronouns

she/her/hers

Describe your role with Portland Opera

I am a regular mezzo chorister, and my first production with Portland Opera was Carmen in 2015.

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

Books: Untamed by Glennon Doyle, So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo, The Body is Not an Apology by Sonja Renee Taylor, Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

Podcasts: Unlocking Us with Brene Brown, The Confessional with Nadia Bolz-Weber

TV Show: Ted Lasso

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

Outside! I'm usually on a hiking or backpacking adventure with my dog Jasper. In non-Covid summer weather, you can also find me on the sand volleyball court.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

It's hard to choose just one, but I adored Orfeo in 2018! The costume and makeup transformations from the gorgeous black silk custom-built gown with huge hoop skirts and full veil to the body paint and disheveled horror of the fury, then to an antlered woodland creature was so exciting. I'll never forget how special it was to work so closely with the incredible choreographers and ballet dancers in that cast. Working together as a team to create the drama of the second act underworld scene was so rewarding!

 

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