The Wagner Society of America Presents:

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The Four Last Songs

Featuring works by Richard Strauss, Alma Mahler, Robert Schumann, & Richard Wagner

Ariana Strahl, soprano

Kathleen Kelly, piano

Ann Arbor:

Sunday, April 22, 2 pm

Britton Hall, University of Michigan School of Music

1100 Baits Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Admission is free

Chicago:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:30 pm.

Ganz Hall, Chicago College of Performing Arts

Roosevelt University

430 Michigan Ave. Chicago IL 60605

Admission is free, please bring ID for entry

 

“In the pivotal role of Blanche DuBois, Ariana Strahl was a real star presence. This is arguably one of the most complex roles in the English language theatrical canon, and Ms. Strahl did not shrink from its mighty challenges. She sings it beautifully, with a ringing soprano possessed of considerable beauty, assured technique, even production throughout the range, and consummate musicianship. Every move she made was motivated by the drama, and ably conveyed the script as musicalized by Mr. Previn. [...] Ms. Strahl is young, she is highly gifted and smart, attractive and empathetic, so there is no doubt she will grow into this part and fully discover its many facets. She deserves to have many more outings as Ms. DuBois.”
— James Sohre, Opera Today
The casting is superb. Soprano Ariana Strahl possesses a wide-ranging voice that delivers Blanche’s more tender moments – like the Carlisle Floyd-like “Soft People” – but can also throw lightning bolts when needed.
— Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville