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About PDX OPERAbeat

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Jess Crawford

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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: http://bravissimi.blogspot.com

Meet Studio Artist André Chiang

Tomorrow night is the first Portland Opera Studio Artist recital of the season, presented by baritone André Chiang, with Robert Ainsley on piano. Please join us! The recital will take place at Whitsell Auditorium (inside Portland Art Museum) beginning at 7 PM. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.

In honor of his first performance, I thought I'd take this week to "formally" introduce you to André. Rather than giving him the standard Meet the Staff interview, I asked him to fill out the Proust questionnaire instead. If you're familiar with the Proust questionnaire, you probably know it best from the back pages of Vanity Fair magazine, where every month, a celebrity's answers are published.

Marcel Proust did not himself write the questionnaire, but rather made it famous simply by answering it; such questionnaires were common party games in the 19th century. He filled out this kind of questionnaire at least twice in his life: once at age 13, and again at age 20. His answers from both of these occasions can be seen here.

Here are some great examples from the pages of Vanity Fair:
Margaret Atwood
Tina Fey
John Waters

Meet Andre Chiang Blog

So now, André shares a little of himself with you -- but apparently we should have fed him first.

What is your current state of mind?
Full and Hungry. It's also my body state too...

What is your chief characteristic?
My infinite half-optimism.

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
Listening skills, with not just their ears.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Temperance.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
The trait of always being hungry and the need to eat constantly (though deplore is a strong word).

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or maybe just Sherlock Holmes.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Pristine relaxation with a season of Arrested Development. Oh heck, all three seasons.

If not yourself, who would you be?
John Cho.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My turkey neck.

What is your idea of misery?
A room full of only one food: olives.

Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?
Batman, Spiderman, The Flash, House

Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?
Katniss Everdeen, Catwoman, Lucille Bluth

What is your favorite journey?
I really love going to Dim Sum. Also, I like hiking sometimes.

Who are your favorite composers?
Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Schumann.

What living person do you most despise?
Zooey Deschanel.

What is your greatest regret?
Not learning Mandarin when I was younger.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Level-headedness.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
High video game proficiency.

Who are your heroes in real life?
People who follow their dreams.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A siamese cat.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be able to hit a 100 mph fastball

What are your favorite names?
Bruce, Aiden, Rebekah, Hitsugaya

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Still being able to sing for a living.

What natural talent would you most like to have?
Is being 6'3'' a talent?

How do you wish to die?
Doing something super courageous.

What is your favorite motto?
Cowboy Up!