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Known for her clarion sound and striking presence, Ariana Douglas brings artfulness and insight to numerous operatic characters from standard literature to contemporary works. Her recent triumph as the Student/Daniele in Stradella's La Susanna with Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera brought acclaim from Joshua Barone of the New York Times noting her portrayal as "both bright and vigorously commanding."
Recent and upcoming: Within the past season she was presented in concert singing works by Eric Genius; was guest soloist with Rockford Symphony in Haydn's Paukenmesse; she helped create the roles of Girlfriend #1 and the Nurse in Glimmerglass's workshops of Jennine Tesori's Blue; and, sang the role of Daniele in Stradella's La Susanna with Opera Lafayette and Heartbeat Opera. Ms Douglas returned to the Florentine Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in the fall of 2019 and was slated to sing Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld with Madison Opera before Covid-19. She was also scheduled to sing with the San Antonio Youth Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. Nine in November 2020 before a Covid cancellation.
Ms. Douglas was a member of the Florentine Opera where she recently portrayed the role of Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. In addition, she was previously a member of their young artists’ studio performing the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mrs. Vance in Sister Carrie, Sally in Die Fledermaus and Cugina in Madama Butterfly.
In past seasons she was Guilietta in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Skylight Music Theater and as a former apprentice with the Glimmerglass Festival, was invited to the Glimmerglass Festiva to cover both Mary Warren and Ann Putnam in The Crucible and returned the following season to cover Clara in Porgy and Bess. Ms. Douglas was heard at Operafestival de Roma as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro; sang Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte with Opéra Louisiane and was Magda in La rondine with La Musica Lirica.
On the concert stage she has soloed with the University of Wisconsin in their presentation of Messiah and was guest soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner’s Te Deum. She also has sung with the Milwaukee Children’s Chorus in Mozart’s Missa brevis and the Requiem with Louisiana State University.
Ms. Douglas has been honored three-times by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; once as a District Winner for Wisconsin; two-Encouragement Awards as well as the winner of the Josephine L. LiPuma Casa Italia award.
She has worked under the baton of William Boggs, Michael Borowitz, John DeMain, Francesco Lecce-Chong and Joseph Rescigno. Directors include William Farlow, John Hoomes, Dugg McDonough and Francesca Zambello.
Ariana Douglas is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received an advance degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University.
Review - Le nozze di Figaro, The Florentine Opera, 2019
"Soprano Ariana Douglas created a thoroughly human Susanna, Figaro's intended. She sings with clarity and strength, while deftly navigating quite a few onstage shenanigans." -- Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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