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).
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.
In 2011, Ms. Strahl was chosen for the Young Artists Program 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. In 2013 she was chosen as a finalist for ZAV Germany’s Young Talent Auditions. In the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Strahl was a prizewinner at the James Collier Awards, winner of the East Bay Opera League, and developed the first of a series of German Lieder programs, focusing on Schumann's Frauenliebe und Leben.
In the 2015-2016 Season, Ms. Strahl will be taking on the role of Blanche DuBois in Andre Previn's Streetcar Named Desire with Opera San Jose.