Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton





Describe your role with Portland Opera

Im a violinist in the opera Orchestra and have been for 25 years.

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

Currently watching an HBO series from a few years ago, The Leftovers. It explores themes of love and grief with humor, pathos, and wonder, and I think strongly resonates with our current moment in history. Also reading some novels (Miller's Circe, Clarke's Piranesi) and non-fiction (Clark's Surfing Uncertainty, Tolentino's Trick Mirror.

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

Catching up on reading, playing with our dogs, and practicing.

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

We maintain an elaborate garden full of hardy subtropicals, which keeps me busy year round.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

There are so many! Among my favorites are the many astonishing moments in Nixon in China-- I recall feeling enchanted, moved, and exuberant every time I was able to steal a glance at the action on the stage, and the music still finds it's way into my mind in random moments all these years later.


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