Noted by the New York Times as a "dashing lyric tenor", Ganson Salmon has gained recognition for his "powerful and nuanced" performances in New York City and abroad. This summer, after cancellations due to COVID-19, Ganson participated in Opera Theater of St. Louis' virtual season as a Gerdine Young Artist. Later this season, Ganson will participate in the virtual season held by Ravinia's Steans Music Institute. This year, Salmon went on last minute to make his role debut as Romeo in Romeo et Juliette with Sarasota Opera, where he recently covered the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto.
Last summer, Salmon performed as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Tel Aviv Summer Opera, and Rodolfo in La bohÃ¨me with the Algonquin Arts Theatre in New Jersey. He also returned to Indiana for special performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Last season, Mr. Salmon joined Sarasota Opera to sing Pong in Turandot, First Armored Man and Second Priest in The Magic Flute, and to cover Beppe in Donizetti's Rita. He also returned to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for Rodolfo in La bohÃ¨me. In 2018 Ganson received his Master's in Music from Mannes School of Music, where he performed as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress, Roderick Usher in Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, and Anatol in Vanessa.
While at Mannes, Salmon also performed Dichterliebe at the Consulate of Germany in NYC. In his hometown, with Indianapolis Opera in 2016, Salmon made his mainstage debut as Mr. Rushworth in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, and sang in concerts previewing the world premiere of Richard Clark's Happy Birthday Wanda June.
An Italian art song devotee, Salmon was a New York Finalist of the 2016 International Tosti Competition in Ortona, Italy. Summer of 2017 found him in Novafeltria, Italy where he appeared in concerts with Classic Lyric Arts, and returning to Ortona where he studied closely with Rolando Panerai. Ganson's other operatic credits include Rodolfo in La Bohème and Don Josè in La Tragãdie de Carmen with Ball State Opera Theater, the Mayor in Albert Herring and Oronte in Alcina with Napa Valley Music Festival.
Praised for his “warm, pure tones,” the Brazilian Rafael Porto is quickly gaining attention as a young bass-baritone. A lover of new works, he most recently created the roles of Guard in David Lang’s world premiere of prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic and Putnam in Jake Heggie’s world premiere of If I Were You at the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco.
This season Porto returns to Florida Grand Opera to make his role debut of Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and will also perform Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), and Geronimo in (Il martimonio segreto.)
In the 2018-2019 season, Porto performed as Luther and Crespel (Les contes d’Hoffmann) at Nashville Opera, made his debut at the Northern Lights Music Festival as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and performed the roles of Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Johann (Werther) with Florida Grand Opera.
Previously at Florida Grand Opera, he performed Capitán (Florencia en el Amazonas) with internationally acclaimed soprano Ana María Martínez and 1st Nazarene (Salome). Mr. Porto made his Lincoln Center debut this past season as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York which tours Japan in 2019. Other seasons have included Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Billy Jackrabbit and José Castro (La Fanciulla del West), and Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Indianapolis Opera and Sacristan and Jailer (Tosca) with Nashville Opera among others.
On the concert stage Porto has been guest soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, under the baton of Carl St. Clair; Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music under the baton of Raymond Leppard along with Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, P.Q. Phang’s A Vietnamese Requiem, Mozart’s Regina coeli, Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Elijah. He is also a frequent recitalist at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
Mr. Porto has participated as a Young Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, Apprentice Artist at the Merola Opera Program, Young Artist at La Musica Lirica, and a Studio Artist at Florida Grand Opera.
Mr. Porto was named a Grand Prize winner of the National Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2016 and was a finalist at the prestigious Eleanor McCollum Competition of Houston Grand Opera. He has been a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions twice at the district level and went on to win an Encouragement Award as a Regional finalist.
He has worked under the baton of Christopher Allen, Emanuele Andrizzi, Timothy Myers, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno, Ramón Tebar, Dean Williamson, and Alberto Zedda; and has worked with directors Chris Alexander, Garnett Bruce, Jose Maria Condemi, E. Loren Meeker, Candace Evans, John Hoomes, Peter Kazaras, Julia Pevzner, and Bernard Uzan.
Mr. Porto holds received his education from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Butler University in Indianapolis.