Ariana Strahl

 
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A singer devoted to storytelling.

Soprano Ariana Strahl has been called ‘the discovery of the night’ and has been celebrated as a singer with 'devastating brilliance and incredible ease.’

Recent highlights include Blanche DuBois in Brad Dalton’s stunning production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Verdi's Messa di Requiem, and Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs with collaborative pianist Kathleen Kelly. Ms. Strahl also recently collaborated with pianist Daniel Pesca (Zohn Collective), cellist Paul Dwyer (Lyric Opera), and violinist Clara Lyon (Spektral Quartet) for Shostakovich’s Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok.

Ms. Strahl has been lauded as a singer with a commanding vocal presence, yet she is also capable of great subtlety and delicacy. She received great acclaim for her portrayal in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, described as ‘an impressive and sincere Fiordiligi, with fearless, accurate vocalism.’ As a Young Artist at the Komische Oper Berlin, she brought over twenty roles to the stage, including Micaela and Frasquita in Carmen, Ännchen in Calixto Bieto’s Der Freischütz, and the roles of Fortuna, Damigella, and Drusilla in Monteverdi's Poppea, part of Barrie Kosky’s groundbreaking Monteverdi Trilogy.

Ms. Strahl is also an active art song and concert singer. She and pianist Nicholas Mathew explored the works of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, in conjunction with The Mendelssohn Project at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. This program was then re-imagined with pianist Kathleen Kelly, including excerpts of Schumann and Mendelssohn’s letters. Ms. Strahl’s robust recitals have also included Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben, Felix Mendelssohn's Opus 63 duets for soprano and mezzo-soprano, Barber's Hermit Songs, Manuel de Falla's Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas, and Canteloube's Songs of the Auvergne. Other concert credits include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Pacific Symphony), as well as both Mozart’s Messa di Requiem and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra).

This season, Ms. Strahl performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Milliken-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. She will also join pianist Kathleen Kelly and baritone Michael Kelly to present selections from NewMusicShelf’s Anthology of New Music. Other future plans include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and an exploration of Lieder from the Second Viennese School.

Ariana Strahl was born in Munich, Germany and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After many homes in Vienna, Berlin, Berkeley, and Ann Arbor, she is now based in Chicago.

 Schedule

January 26, 2019

Liederstube Schubertiade

with Eugenia Cheng, piano

Pianoforte Studios, Chicago IL

March 2, 2019

Mahler Symphony No. 2 - The Resurrection Symphony

Milliken-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

Sergey Bogza, conductor

Decatur, IL

March 9, 2019

Selections from the New Anthology of American Art Song

with Michael Kelly, baritone 

and Kathleen Kelly, piano

Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor MI

May 31, 2019

Selections from the New Anthology of American Art Song

with Michael Kelly, baritone 

and Kathleen Kelly, piano

PianoForte Studios, Chicago, IL

Upcoming

Britten War Requiem

Lieder of the Second Viennese School

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Repertoire

 

opera

Bizet | Carmen - Micaela

Dvorak | Rusalka

Floyd | Susannah - Susannah, Mrs. McLean

Gounod | Faust - Marguerite

Humperdinck | Hänsel und Gretel - Gretel

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 | Original Canzonettas, Books 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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