Helen Zhibing Huang is a Chinese-born soprano with a wide range of musical interests, spanning from baroque to the present day. In the 2018-2019 season, Miss Huang returns to Portland Opera for her second year as a Resident Artist, performing Annina in Verdi’s La traviata and Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. She is excited to create the role of Singa Loh in the world premiere of Jorge Sosa’s I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams with White Snake Projects.
Past operatic credits include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby with Central City Opera, Clorida in Rossini’s La cenerentola, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, La fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina, Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, and Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. An advocate of new music, she participated in the workshopping of many modern operas including Paola Prestini’s Gilgamesh, Julian Wachner’s REV. 23, and Mary Bichner’s Memoirs of Antonina.
A firm believer of music as an aid for social causes, she is a co-founder of Voices of the East, a musical collective that promotes and advocates young Asian and Asian-American musicians’ voices in the contemporary classical music world. Miss Huang holds a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory and is a graduate of 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. In her spare time, Miss Huang enjoys cooking traditional Chinese dishes, traveling, and making new friends.