Irish-American Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ (Voralberger Nachrichten) and has been celebrated as a singer with ‘fearless, accurate vocalism’ (Opera Now), who sings with 'devastating brilliance and incredible ease' (Opera Tattler).
Ms. Strahl has most recently made her American debut as Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn's 'Streetcar named Desire' with Opera San Jose, working with world-renowned director and 'Streetcar' specialist Brad Dalton. This show-stealing success brought critics to declare Ms. Strahl 'a real star presence [...], a ringing soprano possessed of considerable beauty, assured technique, and consummate musicianship (Opera Today).'
Before singing her first Blanche Dubois, Ms. Strahl was last seen as a young artist at the Komische Oper Berlin. During her two seasons at the Komische Oper, she debuted such roles as Ännchen in Calixto Bieto’s Der Freischütz, Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, Micaela and Frasquita in Carmen, the First Wood Sprite in Rusalka, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Mrs. Pasek in Cunning Little Vixen, and the roles of Fortuna, Damigella, and Drusilla in Monteverdi's Poppea (adapted by Elena Kats-Chernin for Barrie Kosky’s Monteverdi Trilogy). Additionally, she worked in the Children's Opera of the Komische Oper, premiering the roles of Sirin in the Turkish-German adaptation of Taner Akyol's Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Glowworm Finn in Christian Jost's Mikropolis. She also debuted as the First Cercatrice in Suor Angelica with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, under the direction of Hans Graf.
During her studies, Ms. Strahl debuted such roles as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, Monica in The Medium, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, and the title role in Handel's Semele. Her broad abilities also brought her to the concert stage in the role of the Mother in Stephen Paulus' The Three Hermits and as the Soprano soloist for John Rutter's Mass of the Children. Following her studies Ms. Strahl moved to Vienna Austira, where she debuted as the Kurfürstin in Der Vogelhändler and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte with Musiktheater Schönbrunn.
Beyond the opera stage, Ms. Strahl is also an active art song singer. She developed a lieder series with pianist Miles Graber, and together they have 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.
Ms. Strahl is equally active on the competition stage. She is winner of the East Bay Opera League competition, winner of the ZAV Young Talent Auditions in German, semi-finalist at Neue Stimmen Gesangswettbewerb, third prize winner at the James Collier awards, Additionally, she is a three-time winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions (and one of the youngest winners at age 20). She has participated in masterclasses with Soprano Dawn Upshaw, Mezzosoprano Joan Wall, Dr. Karen Peeler, Dr. Laurel Miller, as well as with artistic coaches Russell Ryan, John Norris, Claus Unzen, and Anette Berg.
In the 2016-2017 Season, Ms. Strahl will join La Jolla Symphony for Verdi Requiem, as well as the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra for Mozart Requiem, and Dvorak Stabat Mater.
Ariana Strahl was born in Munich, Germany and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Ms. Strahl studied privately with Darlene Marks while in Fort Worth, before earning her Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007. After completing her Degree, she moved to Vienna, Austria to study with Paulette Vineyard-Herbich. During her time at the Komische Oper, she continued her private studies with Gregory Lamar and Kammersängerin Deborah Polaski. Ms. Strahl is based in the Bay Area and Chicago, and studies with soprano Ruth Ann Swenson.