Tenor Aaron Short is a member of Portland Opera’s Resident Artist Program for the 2016 Summer Festival season, where his assignments include singing the First Armored Man and covering Tamino in The Magic Flute, and singing Lensky in Eugene Onegin. Recently, he completed his second season as a Studio Artist with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he sang Steersman in The Flying Dutchman and Lockwood in the world's first commercial recording of Carlisle Floyd's Wuthering Heights. Mr. Short has spent the past two summers at The Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, singing First Prisoner in Fidelio and the Fourth Jew in Salome. He has also been a Young Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and Opera in the Ozarks. Mr. Short, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a graduate of Wichita State University and Manhattan School of Music. At Manhattan School of Music, he performed the roles of Bégearss (The Ghosts of Versailles), Nicias (Thaïs) and Jimmy Mahoney (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny), for which the New York Times praised him for his "simultaneously subtle and shattering performance." Other previous opera credits include Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Des Grieux (Manon) and the title roles in Faust and Albert Herring. He is the recipient of many awards, including Third Prize in the 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition and Second Place at the Upper Midwest Regional Round of Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.