Portland Opera Announces Resident Artists

By Francisco Salazar

The Portland Opera has announced its 2018 young artists who will join the company’s resident artist program for emerging singers.

The company’s general manager said, “This season, more than 300 extremely qualified singers from around the country and globe applied to our program. We’re thrilled to introduce our four Resident Artists to our audiences, as well as provide new training and performance opportunities for these talented and rising young artists.”

The four artists will include soprano Helen Huang, who makes her Portland Opera debut during the 2018 Big Night concert and will also perform the roles of Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Clorinda in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” and Amor in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice.” Also on the list is mezzo-soprano Kate Farrar, who returns for her second year as a Resident Artist with Portland Opera.

Tenor Thomas Cilluffo, who is currently singing the role of Tamino in Portland Opera To Go’s (POGO) adaptation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and bass Shi Li, making his Portland Opera debut during the 2018 Big Night concert, will also join the roster.

The program will give each artist community performances, beginning with the 2018 Portland Winter Light Festival and will be followed by the Big Night concert on April 14. They will also perform solo recitals at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium in the spring and summer of 2018.