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!Read More