Shauna Keyes



Describe your role with Portland Opera

I’m a section violist. I started with the organization in 1997.

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

We just watched The Queens Gambit. I loved how the main character had a vision for herself and didn’t let anybody distract her from it. I think that often happens with musicians as well.

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

I was going to be a concert pianist until I played in orchestra. Starting with youth orchestra and into the university orchestra. I realized I really loved playing in an orchestra and ended up with a double major in viola and piano.

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

Reading a book. Any book. Mysteries and fiction are my favorite.

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

Finding new television series to watch with my family. We usually come together every evening to watch something together. I’m not usually home in the evenings when I’m working so it’s been great to have that time.

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

There have been so many great operas that were new to me. Having the opportunity to learn new (to me) music has been really rewarding. A couple that stand out are Jenůfa by Janáček and Dialogues of the Carmelites by Poulenc. Hearing the guillotine at the end of Carmelites gave me chills every single night.

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