About Me

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 will also create the role of Singa Loh in the world premiere of Jorge Sosa’s I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, a new opera about immigrants in the United States, produced by White Snake Projects.


Past operatic credits include Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe as a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist 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. Concert credits include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Symphony No. 4, and Earl Kim’s Where Grief Slumbers.


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.