Antonio Domino

Antonio Domino




New Orleans

What does a typical day in the Portland Opera Resident Artist program look like for you?

A typical day in the PORA program for me usually begins with a commute on the streetcar to the Portland Opera building followed by a weekly Italian class, staff meeting or yoga session. Then I take a brief lunch and I make use of any free time to work on repertoire, whether that be an aria, art song or role study. In the afternoons, I'm usually scheduled for a coaching or rehearsal for an upcoming event. At the end of my day, I hop back on the streetcar for my return home.

What are you most enjoying so far and most looking forward to in the PORA program? 

I have particularly enjoyed the weekly coachings with the Portland Opera staff. Working with such talented and knowledgeable musicians that foster a collaborative environment really helps to stimulate the creative process. I find that every time I walk into the rehearsal room, I discover something new and exciting about an aria or a character that really drives my musicianship to the next level.

Tell us about what production you’re excited about most this season and why?

The production that I'm most excited about this season would be The Snowy Day by Joel Thompson, which is an operatic adaptation of a children's book that focuses on a day in the life of a black child. Historically, opera isn't known for incorporating diversity in the characters or stories being told. The Snowy Day is a composition that helps to break this trend and as a black man, I am honored and proud to help usher in a new chapter in the operatic industry.

Do you have any dream roles you'd like to perform?

One of the dream roles that I'd like to perform is Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by Rossini. I think that the character has some really beautiful, fun and exciting music that also allows many avenues for a musician to tell a story.

Tell us about what you’re most excited to perform in your upcoming recital on November 9? 

I am most excited about performing the Three Petrarch Sonnets by Liszt in my upcoming recital. This set contains some of the most beautiful and expressive music that I have ever listened to and it would be a great honor to expose more people to it.

What's a fun fact about yourself that you'd like to share?

A “fun fact” about me is that my grandfather was Fats Domino.


Antonio Domino, tenor, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Loyola University School of Music and his Master’s Degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Dr. Robin Rice. As a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music, Mr. Domino has performed as Dick McGann in Street Scene and in a scenes program as Count Almaviva from The Barber of Seville, Tonio from La fille du régiment and Ramendado from Carmen. Last summer, with LAHSOW, he performed the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He is an alum of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy.

Throughout the 2023/24 season, Domino will sing the roles of Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, soloist in the fall Resident Artist recital, soloist in Enchanted Woods: Shakespeare & Song; Jasper/Ensemble Tenor in The Snowy Day; soloist in Play On! Shakespeare in Music (at the Walters Cultural Art Center); and soloist in Puccini: In Concert. He will also participate in the company’s workshop of The Factotum.

See Antonio make his debut on the Keller stage in The Marriage of Figaro on Oct 28.

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