- Resident Artists
Former Resident Artists Daryl Freedman and Steven Brennfleck in L'Heure Espagnole (2011)
In 2005, Portland Opera established the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program, designed to train the next generation of opera singers by providing a “bridge” from the conservatory world to the professional stage. Selected at auditions around the country, these talented young singers join the company for a rigorous nine-month residency and training program.
Each Resident Artist also gives an intimate recital at the Portland Art Museum. This free recital series, exploring the close relationship between composer, vocal singer and accompanist, is a program highlight for both the artists and the Portland community. Oregon Arts Watch called the series “cause for hope in classical music’s future.”
For the first nine years of the Resident Artist program, participants were featured in an annual chamber opera production. The chamber operas performed were Britten's The Rape of Lucretia (2005), Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses (2006), Britten's Albert Herring (2008), Cavalli's La Calisto (2009), Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (2010), a Ravel double-bill of L'Heure Espagnole and L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (2011), the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei (2012) which has been released as Portland Opera's second commercial recording, Rinaldo (2013), and Postcard from Morocco (2014).
2014/15 marks the program's tenth anniversary, as well as the company's 50th, and Resident Artists current and past will be featured in significant roles in all five productions. The roster is as follows:
Katrina Galka, Soprano, Resident Artist in 2014/2015, will perform the roles of Ida in Die Fledermaus and Frasquita in Carmen.
Ian José Ramirez, Tenor, Resident Artist in 2014/2015, will perform the roles of Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, La Remendado in Carmen, Jim in Show Boat, and Sellem in The Rake's Progress.
Alexander Elliott, Baritone, Resident Artist in 2014/2015, will perform the roles of Frank in Die Fledermaus, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Steve Baker in Show Boat, and Belcore in The Elixir of Love.
Matthew Grills, Tenor, Resident Artist in 2013/2013, will perform the role of Nemorino in The Elixir of Love.
Lindsay Ohse, Soprano, Resident Artist in 2012/2013, will perform the role of Magnolia Hawks in Show Boat.
André Chiang, Baritone, Resident Artist in 2012/2013, will perform the role of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Jennifer Forni, Soprano, Resident Artist in 2010/2011, will perform the role of Micaëla in Carmen.
José Rubio, Baritone, Resident Artist in 2009/2010, will perform the role of Morales in Carmen.
Hannah Penn, Mezzo-soprano, Resident Artist in 2008/2009, will perform the role of Julie LaVerne in Show Boat.
Jeffrey Beruan, Bass-baritone, Resident Artist in 2007/2008, will perform the role of Zuniga in Carmen.
Click here for information on the 2014/15 Portland Opera Resident Artists.
Click here for information on the 2014/15 Portland Opera Resident Artist Recial Series.
Portland Opera Resident Artist Program Staff
Christopher Mattaliano, General Director
Clare Burovac, Director of Artistic Operations
The Portland Opera Resident Artist Program is made possible through the generous support of:
George and Lee Anne Carter
Jeannine B. Cowles
Portland Opera Guild
The Eleanor Lieber Awards Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Martha Fletcher McCourt
Two generous friends of Portland Opera.