Portland Opera has announced soprano Judy Chirino Yannini, mezzo-soprano Cloe SanAntonio, tenor Matthew Cerillo, and bass-baritone Keanon Kyles as the four artists selected to join the company’s Resident Artist Program in the fall of 2022.
Established in 2005, the Resident Artist Program is one of Portland Opera’s core programs. For 2022-23, it has been reimagined and aligns with the company’s artistic strategies based on its mission, vision, and values.
In a press statement, Artistic Director Priti Gandhi said, “This program is near and dear to my heart. I know, firsthand, that having the right mentorship and support at the right time can make a world of difference in developing a career. I am excited to relaunch the program after this brief pause and continue to see impactful residencies for these amazing artists. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Judy, Cloe, Matthew, and Keanon to Portland!”
Portland Opera Resident Artists (PORA) will have a full plate as they undertake the rigorous 11-week residency with guest faculty and company members providing voice lessons, musical coaching, language classes, drama and role study, and movement instruction. “Carmen” will be an opera of focus, as the Resident Artists perform roles and study-cover. Masterclasses, season preview events, community engagement activities and leadership development opportunities all await the participants. The residency concludes with a free community performance featuring all the Resident Artists on November 16, 2022.