Camille Ortiz & Michael J. Hawk Named Resident Artists at Seattle Opera

By David Salazar

Seattle Opera has announced that Camille Ortiz and Michael J. Hawk are the company’s new Resident Artists.

The Resident Artists positions give singers “salaried, full-season experience with Seattle Opera, where they will receive professional development, performance, and mentorship opportunities along with the stability of a long-term partnership.”

“The Resident Artist position offers singers a supportive environment to expand their repertoire and grow as artists,” said Seattle Opera’s General Director Christina Scheppelmann in an official press statement issued by the company. “Having a consistent, long-term relationship with a larger company will allow these artists to focus on their development while working alongside the company’s staff. We are so excited to welcome Camille and Michael, our inaugural artists, who are already excellent singers with bright, promising futures.”

Ortiz has performed with such companies as Kennedy Center, Opera Orlando, and Boston Baroque. She is set to appear in the company’s 60th Anniversary Concert and Gala and will cover roles in “Das Rheingold” and “Alcina.”

Meanwhile, Hawk has performed with LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Buffalo Philharmonic. He will appear in the 60th Anniversary Concert and Gala and will cover roles in “Das Rheingold” and ‘The Barber of Seville.”

In addition to the performance opportunities, Hawk and Ortiz will receive coaching from the company’s music staff and mentorship in opera administration from management.