September 11, 2015

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2016 Season Resident Artists

General Director Christopher Mattaliano has announced the roster of singers who will join the company as Resident Artists for its 2016 Season. “I’m especially pleased that we will have five Resident Artists with us in the upcoming season. The number of qualified applicants has grown enormously and this year we had more than 450 singers request an audition. Our program is now one of the most competitive in the country and we’re delighted that 2016 will offer so many training and performance opportunities for these fast-rising young singers.”

The five members of the 2016 program are soprano Katrina Galka (who returns for her second year), soprano Felicia Moore, mezzo-sopranos Abigail Dock, tenor Aaron Short, and baritone Ryan Thorn. They will conduct a five-week residency in Portland during September and early October, 2015, performing in a wide variety of locations throughout the community, beginning with the September 12 Tilikum Crossing opening celebration. The Resident Artists return in February and March 2016 for more community appearances, after which they begin rehearsals for the 2016 season-opening production of The Magic Flute. They will also give vocal recitals at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium in March, April, and June of 2016. Former Resident Artist Steven Brennfleck (who is returning to Portland Opera to perform the role of Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd in June 2016) will also perform in the Recital Series in May of 2016.

Katrina Galka - smaller web versionKATRINA GALKA, soprano, returns for her second year as a Portland Opera Resident Artist. During the company’s 2014-15 season she performed Ida in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, the adult Kim Ravenal in Show Boat, and Adina in The Elixir of Love. Katrina also performed Papagena in Isaac Mizrahi’s The Magic Flute and Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment with the CoOperative Program, and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld at Southern Methodist University.

Felicia Moore headshot - Smaller web versionFELICIA MOORE, soprano, spent the last two seasons as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where her assignments included covering the title role in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. She has a Master’s of Music in vocal performance and a professional studies diploma from Mannes College, The New School of Music, where her performances included the title role in Suor Angelica and Nella in Gianni Schicchi.

Abigail Dock Headshot - smaller web versionABIGAIL DOCK, mezzo-soprano, just received her Master’s of Music in opera performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she appeared as Isabella in The Italian Girl in Algiers and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress. Her professional credits include two seasons with the Seagle Music Colony, where she performed in Little Women, Street Scene and Eugene Onegin, and a summer with the Caramoor Festival, where her assignments included Rigoletto and Lucrezia Borgia.

Aaron Short Headshot - smaller web versionAARON SHORT, tenor, participated for two summers as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera and for two years as a Florentine Opera young artist, where he performed Lockwood in Wuthering Heights, the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, and Gastone in La Traviata. For Chautauqua Opera he sang Bardolfo in Falstaff and covered the title role in Peter Grimes. He has a Master’s of music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he appeared in the title role of Faust, along with The Ghosts of Versailles and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany.

Ryan Thorn NEW headshot - smallerRYAN THORN, baritone, appeared for three years as a soloist with Pacific Opera project, in the title role of Sweeney Todd, Figaro in both The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, in the title role of Don Giovanni, and as Marcello in La Boheme. For Opera UCLA, where he received his Master’s in vocal performance, he was Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, Marquis de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Claudio in Agrippina. His Gilbert and Sullivan credits include roles in HMS Pinafore, Trial by Jury, and The Sorcerer.

The 2016 Vocal Recital Series schedule – and links for reservations to each – follows, below. Please note, each recital begins at 7pm in the Whitsell Auditorium at Portland Art Museum. Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox is the accompanist for all recitals.

Tuesday, March 15:        Katrina Galka and Abigail Dock

Tuesday, April 12:          Felicia Moore and Aaron Short

Tuesday, May 17:           Steven Brennfleck (Resident Artist 2009/10-2010/11)

Tuesday, June 14:          Ryan Thorn

About the Resident Artist Program

Portland Opera established the Resident Artist Program in 2005, providing a bridge from the conservatory world to the professional stage for talented young singers who join the company for a rigorous residency and training program. Each resident artist appears in featured roles in mainstage productions and gives an art song recital at the Portland Art Museum during the season. As a group, they perform at many season previews, previews of individual productions, and other community-based concerts.

In 2008, resident artist Brendan Tuohy was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Auditions, Matthew Grills was a grand-prize winner in 2012 and Nicole Haslett was a finalist in 2014. 2016 marks the 11th year of the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program.