Graham Middleton

Trombone; Bass Trombone


Describe your role with Portland Opera

I primarily play bass trombone with the Portland Opera Orchestra.  I joined the orchestra in the Fall of 2019.

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

Throughout the pandemic, I have been regularly watching the Metropolitan Opera's free online streams of past productions.  I watched a 1978 production of Puccini's Tosca last week that still has me buzzing.  This is one way I have stayed engaged with great music and fed my excitement for our eventual return to the pit at the Keller.

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

Over the past year, I have converted my garage into a workshop that I use to customize and repair trombones.  If I am home and not teaching lessons via Zoom, I am likely out in the garage working on someone's trombone.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

Our fall 2019 production of Madame Butterfly was my first show with Portland Opera at the Keller.  This was a wonderful production, with lots of excitement and energy from the cast, orchestra, and audience.  Hiromi Omura did a stunning job as Butterfly, and you could feel the Portland audience's reaction to Pinkerton's behavior in the pit. 


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