Helen Zhibing Huang is a Chinese-born soprano with a wide range of musical interests, spanning from baroque to the present day.
In 2018, Miss Huang will join Portland Opera as a Resident Artist, performing Clorida in Rossini’s La cenerentola, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Miss Huang was recently named a Regional Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council in Minnesota.
Past operatic credits include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, la fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina, Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw.
Concert credits include Bach’s Christen, ätzet diesen Tag and Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Symphony No. 5.
A lover of new music, Miss Huang workshopped the role of Madam White Snake in Paola Prestini’s opera Gilgamesh and Adam in Julian Wachner’s REV. 23. She has performed often with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble led by John Heiss, most recently, Earl Kim’s Where Grief Slumbers.
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 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.
In her spare time, Miss Huang enjoys cooking traditional Chinese dishes, traveling, and making new friends.