The Resident Artists

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. 

Portland Opera Resident Artists (PORA) 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, Italian teacher Angela Zagarella, and yoga teacher Alison Wesley. The artists will also work with additional guest faculty, including Portland Opera Artistic Advisors Damien Geter and Karen Slack, and will be featured in various performance activities.

Check back soon for more information our 2022 Portland Opera Resident Artists!

Portland Opera's 20/21 Resident Artists included: Lynnesha Crump, soprano; Jasmine Johnson, mezzo-soprano; David Morgans Sanchez, tenor; Michael Parham, baritone; and Edwin Jhamal Davis, bass. 

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:

Support our Resident Artists

Go here to make a gift in support of this program. For more information about supporting our Resident Artists, please contact