An Interview with Elaine Douvas

An Interview with Elaine Douvas

Elaine Douvas has been principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1977.  Met second violinist Sarah Vonsattel asks her a few questions about her path in music, life at the Met, and her outside interests. 

Sarah Vonsattel:  I understand that you grew up in Michigan.  How did you come to study the oboe, and what drew you to the instrument?

Elaine Douvas:  I was first attracted to classical music itself.  I tried to find a way to get in it!  I started on piano in 3rd grade, then violin in 5th.  In 6th grade, I wanted to play oboe because it was rare and exotic, but I had to pass a seriousness test before the band would give me their last remaining oboe.  I played French horn all summer, and then I was given an oboe.  This was the one for me!

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