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Ariana Strahl is a soprano 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 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.  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 2018-2019 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. 

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“Ariana Strahl in the exquisite “Libera me”[...] Strahl’s radiant, opulent soprano provided the ideal proportion for this large-scaled production, yet with her commanding vocal power came the finesse of subtle phrasing and intimate gesture when the composer required such virtues. ”
— Ken Herman, San Diego Story
“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, as in the final line (“One light!”) in her memory of a gay friend’s suicide. She matches this in the acting department, bringing as layered and nuanced a Blanche as I’ve ever seen, singing or nonsinging.
Her account of the opera’s best-known set piece, “I want magic!,” is tender and gorgeous.”
— Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville
“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
“Ariana Strahl (Fiordiligi) was the most compelling: her high notes carried easily, and seemed to float over the courtyard, and she maintained a beautiful sound in the often-feared low register. Her moving passages were especially successful.”
— Barbara Palffy, Kurier
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