“The Glimmerglass Festival – “Among the Young Artists who formed the Greek choruses, Ariana Wehr, with her alert leggiero soprano, was a particular standout, and she had a delightful bit as a sparky nurse in the maternity ward.”
– Fred Cohn, Opera News
Brazilian-American soprano, Ariana Wehr, is a graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera. Last season she performed Micaela in Carmen with Portland Opera and returned to the Washington National Opera for Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s Blue as Girlfriend #1/Nurse/Congregant. Ms. Wehr’s association with the opera includes its debut in 2019 for the Glimmerglass Festival where she received great critical acclaim. She is also on the original cast recording released on PENTATONE. This season Ariana performs in Opera Lafayette’s production of La Fêtes de Thalie and next season she makes her debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Recently Ms. Wehr also made her Seattle Opera debut as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo, and returned to Seattle Opera for their production of Blue. She reprised her roles in Blue for her Pittsburgh Opera debut, and was featured in Washington National Opera’s production of Carmen for the Kennedy Center Honors on the CBS Television Network. Ariana also recently made her Carnegie Hall debut in Requiem by Marc-André Bougie and Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams.
Other performances include Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Opera in the Heights, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel in a return to Brava Opera Theater, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Naples Philharmonic, Micaela in Carmen with Opera Louisiane, Amy March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Annapolis Opera, Konstanze in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Brava! Opera Theater, and Abigail Williams in Francesca Zambello’s production of The Crucible at The Glimmerglass Festival .
She was invited to sing in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2021 and in 2018 advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. For the Washington National Opera she has been seen as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Susanna in the Domingo-Cafritz performance of Le Nozze di Figaro, Ms. Holy in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Frasquita in Carmen, Kahua in the world premiere of Better Gods, and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Francesca Zambello.