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Opera All-Stars

We closed Butterfly on Saturday night. Although I had been in a ton of rehearsals, I didn't actually watch the show until the Sunday matinee. I wasn't sure whether or not I was that wild about the music until I saw the whole thing; I began crying in the middle of Act 2 and didn't stop until after the show was over. In the backstage office, a few of us were having a conversation about how, in sports, a player gets chosen to be on the All-Star team, and that's a way of signifying that they're a big deal -- we were thinking in particular of Portland Trailblazer LaMarcus Aldridge, who was just named an All-Star on Thursday night. We were trying to figure out a term we could use to signify the same thing in opera; some way of telling our audience, "What you are seeing tonight is something special and wonderful and rare." Kelly Kaduce is that all-star. All of us, cast and crew, chorus and orchestra alike, have felt during this run as though we are in the presence of something truly remarkable. I feel tremendously lucky to have seen her Butterfly; she has nowhere to go but up, up, up. Watching from the wings on Saturday night, I found myself crying just as much watching the final scene as I had from my seat in the house. That moment when Kathryn Day, as Suzuki, realizes that Butterfly is about to commit seppuku -- that moment is just heart-wrenching. Do you know? Our Assistant Stage Manager, Jon Wangsgard, stood offstage with a tissue to hand to Kathryn every night as she exited after that scene.

It's these little things, guys, that make this job so magical.

There has been some great feedback about the show on our website. To read what fellow audience members thought, or to leave a review yourself, you can join the conversation here.

On Tuesday, February 8, our POSA Soprano, Lindsay Ohse, gave a beautiful recital of art song by Mozart, Poulenc, and Rachmaninoff. That Lindsay! She is a treat. As with Andre, I asked Lindsay to fill out the Proust questionnaire so we could get to know her a little better.

POSA photo for Lindsay Ohse blog

Lindsay Ohse (left) strikes a pose with fellow Portland Opera Studio Artist, Caitlin Mathes. 
Photo by Bryan Hoybook.

What is your current state of mind?
Clean.  I just cleaned my entire apartment.  TAKE THAT, MOLD.

What is your chief characteristic?
My cheerful yet cynical disposition.  And long hair.  

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
A sense of humor and a willingness to play.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Sweaty exercise.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My hatred of exercise.

What historical figure do you most identify with?
Rapunzel.  I think it may be time to get a haircut.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Playing a Zelda videogame while eating chinese food.

If not yourself, who would you be?
Princess Zelda.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My height.  I'm taller than most of the tenors.

Where would you like to live?
In a house with an awesome kitchen and a well-stocked grocery story within walking distance.  AND NO MOLD.  

What is your idea of misery?
Laryngitis.  That is the worst feeling ever.

Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?
Hercule Poirot, Gandalf the Grey, Harry Dresden

Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?
Molly Weasley, Daenerys Targaryen, Beatrix Kiddo

What is your favorite journey?
Driving cross-country with an audio book playing, cheeseburger in hand.

Who are your favorite composers?
Verdi, Cole Porter, Howard Shore, and Django Reinhardt.

What living person do you most despise?
Nobody, at the moment.  I'm open to ideas.

What is your greatest regret?
Not getting a dehumidifier for my apartment until now. MOLD, I WILL DESTROY YOU.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Intelligence and sarcasm.  And bangs.  That's three things.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Intelligence and sarcasm.  No bangs.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A malaysian tapir.  What a majestic creature!

What is your favorite food and drink?
Any form of meat wrapped in a bread.  Examples: chinese dumplings, ravioli, bierocks, cornish pasties, calzones.
And to drink?  Diet coke forever.  

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I want a high metabolism so I can eat ALL OF THE FOOD without having to buy bigger clothes.

What is your most treasured possession?
My kitchen-aid mixer.

What are your favorite names?
Zelda, Akane, Zebulon

What do you hate most of all?

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Singing Queen of the Night without having my brain explode.  Those notes are too dang high.

What natural talent would you most like to have?
The ability to travel at the speed of light.  That's natural.  Light does it.

How do you wish to die?
Before my husband does. Not that I predict that happening anytime soon, but I definitely want to be the first one to go.  Sorry, Patrick.

What is your favorite motto?
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."  J.R.R. Tolkien nailed it.