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PDX OPERAbeat | A Company Blog is the blog for all things Portland Opera, featuring a variety of guest contributors who will provide insider's tidbits on all we do to celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. Jess Crawford is our primary blogger. Jess spends much of her time eating enormous amounts of cake, making long lists of books she'll probably never read, and challenging people to arm-wrestling contests. During the day (and sometimes at night) she is Portland Opera's music librarian. She writes more about her escapades at her personal blog:
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Falstaff, take 2; or Meet the Staff: Bob Kingston



So.... last week I might have spent the majority of my free time either at the dentist (fun) or dealing with ongoing car repairs (more fun). Which is my sad way of saying that I didn't do so well on my Falstaff homework :(


<hangs head>


But that's okay because there's still nearly a month before we open! So let's all agree to actually read the Shakespeare this week. I did begin my concentrated listening but I only got through Act I. Man, I am lame.


Not Lame

So this week, instead of my Falstaff assignment, I bring you another Proust questionnaire! This round of Meet the Staff features Bob Kingston, our Resident Historian & Lecturer. If you've ever attended our pre-concert talks (both at the Keller and at the Newmark), you've encountered Bob "in the wild." You may also have seen him in our ongoing series of videos, aimed at giving viewers more info about each of our shows. Most recently (and most pertinent to my homework!) -- why aren't there any famous arias from Falstaff?



If you've been a Portland Opera-goer for awhile, you may have spotted Bob onstage, singing in our chorus, which he did for seven seasons. Or maybe you've seen him casually pumping iron while climbing Mount St. Helens.