MET violist Katherine Anderson has been interviewing orchestra members to capture a snapshot of the many personalities of the MET as they talk about their lives both in and out of music. She recently caught up with fellow violist Désirée Elsevier, a member of the MET Orchestra since 1987.
"I started coming to the Met when I was six. My parents had a subscription and I remember falling asleep in the balcony to many operas. Though they were huge music lovers, they didn't want me going into music...they viewed a career in music as a fantasy...I might as well have said that I wanted to be President! But when I did eventually get a job in music, first in Naples, Italy, and then in the MET Orchestra, they became my most loyal, dedicated fans. They came to tons of operas, all of my chamber music concerts and I don't think they missed a single MET Orchestra concert in Carnegie Hall. Every time we play a Strauss opera, especially Der Rosenkavalier, I think of my mom because she adored Strauss...and every Mozart opera makes me think of my dad."