Portland Opera Announces 2018-19 Resident Artists

By David Salazar

On Wednesday, Portland Opera has announced the names of the artists that are set to join its 2018-19 Resident Artist Program.

They include soprano Helen Huang, mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman, tenor Thomas Cilluffo, and baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg; both Huang and Cilluffo are returning artists. Huang made her debut with Portland Opera during the 2018 Big Night Concert and appeared in such works as “Rigoletto,” “La Cenerentola,” and “Orfeo ed Euridice” throughout 2018. She is set to appear in Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera,” and the 2019 Big Night Concert. Cilluffo also debuted in 2018 and is set to appear in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “La Finta Giardiniera,” as well as the 2019 Big Night. As for Schellenberg and Sherman, both will appear in “La Traviata,” though the latter is also slated for an appearance in Mozart’s opera.

The program, which was established in 2005, selects from a pool of over 300 singers per year for what will be a two-year residency and training program that helps singers transition from conservatory to the professional world.

“Training the next generation of talented opera singers is one of the most important things we do as a company,” General Director Christopher Mattaliano stated in a press release. “We’re so proud of the 2018-19 Resident Artists and can’t wait to introduce them to the Portland community.”

The Resident Artists will be appearing in a number of community performances and will also get opportunities to appear in the company’s own productions throughout the year. They will also get showcased in solo recitals in the spring and summer of 2019.