Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber "Canciones Populares: Canteloube and de Falla in the early 20th Century"



Join Ariana Strahl and Miles Graber for an afternoon of modern Spanish and French Art Song. The program will include Manuel de Falla's 'Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas' and excerpts from Canteloube's "Songs of the Auvergne."

Ariana Strahl & Miles Graber at the Maybeck
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 3:00pm
This concert is $20

Seating is limited. Get your required online reservation here.

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).

Ms. Strahl has been seen in such roles as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Monica in The Medium, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, and the title role in Handel's Semele.
Ms. Strahl lived in Vienna, Austria after college, where she debuted as the Kurfürstin in Der Vogelhändler and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte. She was also a Semi-finalist at the Neue Stimmen Voice Competition.

Ms. Strahl was chosen for the Young Artists Program at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2011. 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 debut a Spanish Program in Berkeley, as well as taking on the role of Blanche DuBois in Andre Previn's Streetcar Named Desire with Opera San Jose.

Ariana Strahl was born in Munich, Germany and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Ms. Strahl studied privately with Darlene Marks while in Fort Worth, before earning her Bachelor of Music from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007. After completing her Degree, she moved to Vienna, Austria to study with Paulette Vineyard-Herbich. During her time at the Komische Oper, she continued her private studies with Gregory Lamar and Kammersängerin Deborah Polaski. She has participated in masterclasses with Soprano Dawn Upshaw, Mezzosoprano Joan Wall, Dr. Karen Peeler, Dr. Laurel Miller, as well as with artistic coaches Russell Ryan, John Norris, Claus Unzen, and Anette Berg. Ms. Strahl currently divides her time between Ann Arbor Michigan and the Bay Area, and studies with soprano Ruth Ann Swenson.

Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School. He has performed with numerous artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Paula Robison, Zuill Bailey, Judith LeClair, and Frederica von Stade. Mr. Graber has been associated with such organizations as New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, and California Symphony. His accompanying posts include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the San Domenico Conservatory, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Summer Brass Institute, the Mondavi Young Artist Competition, and Northern California Flute Camp. He is a member of the Alcyone Ensemble, MusicAEterna, the GGR Trio, the Sor Ensemble, the Mira Trio, and the new music group Sounds New.