Ariana Strahl, soprano
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 opera, lieder, and oratorio artist. She was most recently seen in costume as Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's Streetcar named Desire. 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 stunning Monteverdi Trilogy.
Beyond the opera stage, Ms. Strahl is also an active art song singer, and most recently sang Strauss’ Four Last Songs with pianist and conductor Kathleen Kelly. She and pianist Miles Graber collaborate frequently, having performed Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, Barber's Hermit Songs, Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, and Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne. In 2016 she also explored the works of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann with pianist and musicologist Nicholas Mathew, in conjunction with The Mendelssohn Project at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. She has also recently begun collaborating with pianist Daniel Pesca, and next season they will explore Schönberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten.
Ms. Strahl is equally active on the oratorio stage, most recently in 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 2019-2020 season, Ms. Strahl will once again join La Jolla Symphony for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. Both the La Jolla Symphony and the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra maintain a focus on ensuring classical music’s availability and accessibility at the local level, something Ms. Strahl has also championed.
Ms. Strahl is the winner of the ZAV Young Talent Auditions in German and finalist at Neue Stimmen Gesangswettbewerb. She was born in Munich, Germany and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After many homes in Vienna, Berlin, Berkeley, and beautiful Ann Arbor, she is now based in Chicago.