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Richard Poppino
Richard Poppino

Instructor, Classical Voice

Having taught voice and lyric diction at Portland State in the 1990s, baritone Richard Poppino rejoined the PSU voice faculty in 2015-16. For 20 years he served as the Director of Vocal Studies at Oregon State University, also doing stints as the Coordinator of Music and the Interim Co-Director of the School of Arts and Communication.

In addition to PSU and OSU, Poppino has taught on the voice faculties of Lewis and Clark College and Southern Methodist University, as well as for Bel Canto Northwest and the Astoria Music Festival. His students include singers who have made successful performance careers in the US, Europe, and Latin America.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Portland Opera, Seattle Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Repertory Singers, Columbia Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Chamber Ensemble, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Peter Britt Music Festival. Poppino has appeared as a recitalist and concert soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Austria, and Germany. In November 2003 he made his recital debut in Paris, returning in 2004 to perform Schubert’s Winterreise, and again in 2005 for a program of American song.

Poppino holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master’s from Southern Methodist University.