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New Orleans Opera Blog – June 2021

This summer New Orleans Opera staff members tackle the Proust Questionnaire (kinda) by way of Vanity Fair with our own operatic flair:

Sarah McCall, Director of Production

Sarah pictured here with her oldest son in 2017.

Describe your job in 25 words or less: I connect all the pieces of a production so the show can happen. It’s managing lots of details, both small and large.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? It’s around 9pm in the summer on the porch at my parents’ farm in Kentucky. All of the kids are asleep, the sun is setting, and the lightning bugs are glowing.

What is your greatest fear? Not seeing my children grow up

Which living person do you most admire? Barack Obama

Which historical figure do you most identify with? I don’t know if she qualifies as historical just yet, but I have to say Michelle Obama. In reading her autobiography, I was able to relate to her in so many ways–leaving the legal profession to fulfill a passion in a new career; trying to be a good mom while achieving professional goals.

Who is your favorite composer? Shostakovich

Which opera did you see first? Carmen

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Temperance

What is your greatest extravagance? Wine and pedicures

When and where were you happiest? Here, now, today. I have an amazing family and a career that I love.

Which opera character would you most like to have dinner with? Sister Helen

What talent would you most like to have? I would like to learn classical guitar.

What is it that you most dislike? Lack of curiosity and the inability to empathize

Who are your favorite writers? The Brontës; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Susan Choi; Ian McEwan; Haruki Murakami; Jane Austen

What is your most treasured possession? My great-grandfather’s fiddle

Chamber opera or Grand opera? Both

Contemporary or Classic opera? Both