Ariana Strahl

 
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A singer devoted to storytelling.

Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ who sings with 'devastating brilliance and incredible ease.’

Ms. Strahl is an active art song, opera, and concert artist. She was most recently seen on the opera stage as Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's A Streetcar named Desire at Opera San Jose. As a Young Artist at the Komische Oper Berlin, she brought over twenty roles to the stage, including Ännchen in Calixto Bieto’s Der Freischütz, Micaela and Frasquita in Carmen, and the roles of Fortuna, Damigella, and Drusilla in Monteverdi's Poppea, part of Barrie Kosky’s Monteverdi Trilogy.

In concert, Ms. Strahl was heard most recently in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, as well as Verdi’s Requiem with the La Jolla Symphony. She is a frequent soloist with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra, and with this group has both performed and recorded Mozart’s Requiem and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. In the 2019-20 season, Ms. Strahl will once again join La Jolla Symphony for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Ms. Strahl is also an active art song and chamber singer. In recital, she has collaborated with pianist and conductor Kathleen Kelly (Strauss’ Four Last Songs, works by Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann with readings from their letters, and a New Music Shelf Showcase with baritone Michael Kelly), pianist Miles Graber (Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, Barber's Hermit Songs, Brecht and Weill, Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, and Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne), pianist and musicologist Nicholas Mathew (Haydn’s English Canzonettas I and II, Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann in conjunction with The Mendelssohn Project at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life), and Daniel Pesca, Clara Lyon, and Paul Dwyer (Shostakovich’s Alexander Blok Romances). In the Fall of 2019, she will premiere a newly commissioned work, Let Me Sing by Eric Malmquist, with the Chicago Composers Orchestra. She will also join the DuPage Symphony for Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas.

Ms. Strahl is the winner of the Classical Singer Competition and the ZAV Young Talent Auditions, as well as a finalist at Neue Stimmen Gesangswettbewerb. She was born in Munich, Germany, raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University. After many homes in Vienna, Berlin, Berkeley, and Ann Arbor, she is now based in Chicago.

 Schedule

October 12, 2019

Seven Popular Spanish Songs, Manuel de Falla

DuPage Symphony

Naperville, IL

October 26, 2019

Let Me Sing: Cycle for soprano and orchestra, by Eric Malmquist

Chicago Composers Orchestra

Chicago, IL

March 14-15, 2020

War Requiem, Benjamin Britten

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

San Diego, CA 

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Repertoire

 

opera

Bizet | Carmen - Micaela

Dvorak | Rusalka

Floyd | Susannah - Susannah

Gounod | Faust - Marguerite

Menotti | Consul - Magda

Monteverdi | Poppea - Drusilla, Fortuna

Mozart | Cosi fan Tutte - Fiordiligi

Mozart | Don Giovanni - Donna Anna, Donna Elvira

Mozart | Die Zauberflöte - 1. Lady

Previn | Streetcar Named Desire - Blanche DuBois

Puccini | Suor Angelica

Puccini | Turandot - Liu

Strauss, J. | Die Fledermaus - Rosalinde

Wagner | Lohengrin - Elsa

Weber | Der Freischütz - Agathe

Zeller | Der Vogelhändler - Kurfürstin Marie

oratorio

Beethoven | Symphony No. 9

Brahms | German Requiem

Britten | War Requiem

Dvorak | Stabat Mater

Mahler | Symphony No. 2

Mendelssohn | Elijah

Mozart | Requiem

Rutter | Mass of the Children

Verdi | Requiem

art song

Barber | Hermit Songs

Berg | Seven Early Songs

Canteloube | Songs of the Auvergne

De Falla | Seven Popular Spanish Songs

Haydn | English Canzonettas I and II

Alma Mahler | Opus 10

Gustav Mahler | Rückert Lieder

Fanny Mendelssohn | Opus 9

Felix Mendelssohn | 6 Duets, Opus 63

Schoenberg | Book of the Hanging Gardens

Clara Schumann | Opus 13

Robert Schumann | Frauenliebe und Leben

Shostakovich | Alexander Blok Romances

Shreker | Opus 4

Strauss | Four Last Songs

Strauss | Opus 27

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