Damien Geter

Damien Geter

Interim Music Director & Artistic Advisor


Describe what you do for Portland Opera

As an artistic advisor, I help to make sure all of the artistic, and some administrative decisions are seen through an equitable lens. In short, I act as a bit of a consultant as we move the art form and the organization further along in the 21st century.

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

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I read this when I was younger, and I have some ideas about it existing outside of its book form. Even though it was written in the 50s, the themes still resonate today.

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

I always wanted to do SOMETHING in music. When I was very young, I wanted to be a truck driver. For a bit of time in high school, I wanted to be an English teacher.

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

Participating in self-care routines like exercise, resting, etc.

What has your favorite quarantine activity been?

Watching movies/TV dramas with a friend in NY via "Scener."

What is your favorite Portland Opera memory?

Meeting David Lang. Recently, I've been listening to his Prisoner of the State which I find to be a phenomenal piece.


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