Minnesota native Geoffrey Schellenberg joins the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program for the 2018-19 season. Praised for his "clarion tone" (Musical Toronto) and "impressive vocal colour" (Opera Canada), he was recently engaged with Calgary Opera in their mainstage season as part of their Emerging Artist Development Program, singing the roles of Sergeant in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Captain in Eugene Onegin, and Sciarrone in Tosca. He also performed the role of Belcore in L'elisir d'amore for Music Academy of the West's 70th anniversary season under the baton of Speranza Scappucci and directed by James Darrah, as well as Marcello in La boheme with White Rock Concerts in Vancouver. He will perform the roles of Marchese D’Obigny in La traviata, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Nardo in La finta giardiniera in Portland Opera’s 2018-19 season.
Geoffrey has become a frequent performer around Vancouver, B.C. He is regularly engaged with Burnaby Lyric Opera, having performed Sharpless in their mainstage production of Madama Butterfly as well as the roles of Belcore and Peter in their concert stagings of L'elisir d'amore and Hansel and Gretel. He has also been seen with the Vancouver Opera Festival as the baritone soloist for their New Works Project and with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, both as the Captain in a concert performance of Candide and Danilo in selections from The Merry Widow in their The Look of Love concert. Additionally, he has sung as a soloist in several oratorio performances, including the Fauré Requiem with Vancouver Bach Choir and Duruflé Requiem with St. Philips Choir.
Geoffrey was the platinum prize winner in the first annual Vancouver International Music Competition, a prize winner in the 2016 Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition, and a winner of the 2015 Western Canada District in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He completed his Masters in Opera Performance in 2017 at the University of British Columbia and performed many roles during his studies: Eugene Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Lescaut in Manon, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Geoffrey has also participated in multiple productions overseas, playing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Centre for Opera Studies in Italy in Sulmona, Italy, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with the European Music Academy in Teplice, Czech Republic.