October 4, 2018

Press Release: Portland Opera Announces 2018/19 Resident Artists

Portland Opera is thrilled to announce the artists who will join the 2018/19 season Resident Artist program: returning soprano Helen Huang, mezzo-soprano Camille Sherman, returning tenor Thomas Cilluffo, and baritone Geoffrey Schellenberg. Established in 2005, the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program provides a bridge from the music conservatory world to the professional opera stage. Each year, over 300 singers apply for this highly respected two-year residency and training program.

“Training the next generation of talented opera singers is one of the most important things we do as a company,” says General Director Christopher Mattaliano. “We’re so proud of the 2018/19 Resident Artists and can’t wait to introduce them to the Portland community.”

The Resident Artists will give a series of community performances and will also be featured in roles in Portland Opera’s productions throughout the season. They will also perform solo recitals at Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium in the spring and summer of 2019.

2018/19 RESIDENT ARTISTS:

HELEN HUANG, soprano, made her Portland Opera debut during the 2018 Big Night concert and also performed the roles of Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice during the 2018 season. She returns to the Resident Artist program for her second year and will perform the roles of Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata, Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, and will be a soloist in the 2019 Big Night concert. Prior to joining the Resident Artist Program, Huang appeared as the title character in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe at Central City Opera, as well as in the roles of La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina at New England Conservatory. Huang holds a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and is a graduate of soprano Dawn Upshaw’s Bard Vocal Arts Program, and she graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Economics.

CAMILLE SHERMAN, mezzo-soprano, will make her Portland Opera debut this fall as Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata. She will also sing the role of Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera and will be a soloist in this season’s Big Night concert. Prior to joining the Portland Opera Resident Artist program, Sherman was an Artist in Residence with the Pensacola Opera, which she performed the roles of María in María de Buenos Aires and the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha. She will return to Pensacola Opera in 2019 to make her role debut as Stéphano in Roméo and Juliette. Sherman holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Catherine Cook, and a bachelor’s degree from The Boston Conservatory.

THOMAS CILLUFFO, tenor, returns to the Resident Artist program for his second year this season. Cilluffo made his mainstage debut with Portland Opera as a soloist in the 2018 Big Night concert and also performed the role of Borsa in Rigoletto. This season, Cilluffo will sing the roles of Count Belfiore in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, the Officer in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and will be a soloist in the annual Big Night concert. Prior to joining Portland Opera’s Resident Artist program, he performed the role of Roméo in Romeo et Juliette at the University of Michigan, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and was a featured soloist in If I Loved You with Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Cilluffo received a B.A. and M.A. in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he studied under tenor, George Shirley (Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Voice).

GEOFFREY SCHELLENBERG, baritone, will make his Portland Opera debut as Marquis in Verdi’s La Traviata this fall. As a first year Resident Artist, he will also sing the roles of Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nardo in La Finta Giardiniera, and will be a soloist in the 2019 Big Night concert. Prior to joining the Portland Opera Resident Artist program, Schellenberg was part of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program, where he sang the roles of Sargeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Sciarrone in Puccini’s Tosca, and Captain in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Schellenberg completed his Masters in Opera Performance in 2017 at the University of British Columbia.

The 2018/19 Portland Opera Resident Artist Recital Series Schedule
Portland Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor Nicholas Fox is the pianist for all recitals. These recitals are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 19: Helen Huang
Portland Art Museum—Whitsell Auditorium
7pm, RSVP: eventsrsvp@portlandopera.org

Tuesday, April 9: Thomas Cilluffo
Portland Art Museum—Whitsell Auditorium
7pm, RSVP: eventsrsvp@portlandopera.org

Tuesday, May 14: Geoffrey Schellenberg
Portland Art Museum—Whitsell Auditorium
7pm, RSVP: eventsrsvp@portlandopera.org

Tuesday, June 25: Camille Sherman
Portland Art Museum—Whitsell Auditorium
7pm, RSVP: eventsrsvp@portlandopera.org

About Portland Opera

Portland Opera exists to inspire, challenge, and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera. The company produces both classic and contemporary opera, which are performed in the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, and the Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre at the Hampton Opera Center. All performances are sung in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage.

Portland Opera’s 2018/19 season features Verdi’s La Traviata, Laura Kaminsky’s As One, the annual Big Night concert, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, and Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony. The company is also a committed educational partner, touring staged operas to schools and community centers throughout Oregon and SW Washington region each year, in addition to a host of other efforts designed to make opera accessible for all.
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Contact:
Silja Tobin, Marketing & Communications Manager
Portland Opera
503-417-0574
stobin@portlandopera.org