Resident Artists Recitals

Thrill to a sweeping range of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, sung by Portland Opera’s 2016 Resident Artists. Crowds are growing every year for these intimate vocal recitals, given in the Portland Art Museum’s 376-seat Whitsell Auditorium. Join us to find out why!

Nicholas Fox, Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor, is the pianist for the recital series. All recitals begin at 7:00pm. Whitsell Auditorium is located at 1219 SW Park Avenue. Free admission. A suggested donation of $20 will help us continue offering this annual recital series.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016: Soprano Katrina Galka and Mezzo-Soprano Abigail Dock

Katrina Galka is a second year Portland Opera Resident Artist. For her portrayal of Adina in The Elixir of Love, The Oregonian wrote, “she thrilled with fine coloratura filigree and pure high notes.”  Other roles during Portland Opera’s 50th anniversary season included Ida in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, and Kim in Show Boat. This season, she will portray Papagena in The Magic Flute, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, and Elvira in The Italian Girl in Algiers. Over the last year, Katrina was awarded in competitions through the Jensen Foundation, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Opera Association, and the Mario Lanza Institute.

Abigail Dock is currently a Resident Artist with Portland Opera. In addition to the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, she will sing the role of Olga in Portland Opera’s July 2016 production of Eugene Onegin. The Oregon native received her Masters in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and her Bachelors of Music from Rice University. She has performed with the prestigious Caramoor Festival and at the Seagle Music Colony, both in New York, and is a graduate of the Operaworks training program in California.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Soprano Felicia Moore and Tenor Aaron Short

Felicia Moore is a Resident Artist at Portland Opera for the 2015-2016 season. She has been seen at Opera Theatre of St. Louis for the last two seasons, covering the title role in Emmeline and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Ms. Moore has had great success in competitions, having won prizes from The George London Foundation, The Metropolitan Opera National Council, The Sullivan Foundation and The McCammon Voice Competition. Following her time in Portland, Ms. Moore will be an Apprentice Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera and a Vocal Fellow at The Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute.

The New York Times has praised Aaron Short for his “simultaneously subtle and shattering performance.” New to the Portland Opera Resident Artists program this season, he recently completed his second season as a Studio Artist with Florentine Opera and spent the past two summers at The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist. He has also been a Young Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Opera in the Ozarks.

Tuesday, May 17: Tenor Steven Brennfleck, Resident Artist Program Alumnus

Praised by the New York Times as “dramatically astute” and a “stand out” performer, tenor Steven Brennfleck has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage.

Mr. Brennfleck made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 and returned there in 2015 for a performance with the MET Chamber Ensemble of Charles Wuorinen’s cantata It Happens Like This. Past performances include appearances with American Opera Projects, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, Portland Opera, and the Tanglewood Festival.

Tuesday, August 2: Baritone Ryan Thorn at The Old Church

Noted critically for the “commanding baritone he wields so effortlessly,” Ryan Thorn is a new member of Portland Opera’s Resident Artists program. His roles with Portland Opera in 2016 include Taddeo in The Italian Girl in Algiers and 1st Priest in The Magic Flute. Thorn’s recent role debuts include Marcello (La Bohème), Mamma Agata (Viva la mamma!), and the Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos) with Pacific Opera Project. He sang the baritone solo in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Music Academy of the West in 2015 and recently performed at Carnegie Hall in an art song masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen.

Resident Artist Program Sponsors

George and Lee Anne Carter, Jeannine B. Cowles, Drs. Dolores and Fernando Leon, the Eleanor Lieber Auditions Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Portland Opera Guild, and two generous friends of Portland Opera.