Portland Opera is delighted to announce the five artists joining the company’s Resident Artist program for the 2020/21 season: soprano Lynnesha Crump, mezzo-soprano Jasmine Johnson, tenor David Morgans Sanchez, baritone Michael Parham, and bass Edwin Jhamal Davis. Portland Opera established the Resident Artist Program in 2005 and each year, 4-6 singers join the company for a rigorous residency and training program. Since its inception, more than 35 artists have participated in the program. More than 50% of the artists who have completed the program in the last 10 years are now singing professionally, and program alumni work with opera companies nationally and internationally.
The 2020/21 Portland Opera Resident Artists (PORA) will work with numerous faculty members in voice lessons, musical coaching, language classes, drama and role study, and movement instruction. These faculty members include Chorus Master & Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox, PORA Coach Joseph William, Teaching Artist in Residence and voice teacher Daniel Mobbs, Italian teacher Angela Zagarella, and yoga teacher Alison Wesley. The artists will also work with additional guest faculty throughout the season, including Portland Opera Artistic Advisors Damien Geter and Karen Slack, and will be featured in various performance activities.
Resident Artist Program Sponsors
Burns Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Dennis and Jacqueline Isiguen, Drew and Sue Snyder, Drs. Dolores and Fernando Leon, Eleanor Lieber Auditions Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, George Rowbottom and Marilyn Crilley, Portland Opera Resident Artist Storage Fund, and The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.
Portland Opera also wishes to thank the following organizations for their generous support: