Blue- 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
The Crucible- “Wehr, a tiny package of a girl, has a physical and emotional power that shoots out like firecrackers. She seizes every moment on stage” -Susan Galbraith, dctheatrescene.com
Brazilian-born soprano Ariana Wehr, originally from Batesville, Indiana is a graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program with Washington National Opera. In the 2018-19 season, the soprano sang Despina in Cosi fan tutte for Opera in the Heights, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel in a return to Brava Opera Theater, a debut with the Naples Philharmonic singing Pulcinella by Stravinsky, and Micäela in Carmen in a return engagement with Opera Louisiane. Ms. Wehr debuted the roles of Girlfriend #1/Nurse/Congregant in Blue at The 2019 Glimmerglass Festival to great critical acclaim, and will reprise the roles at Washington National Opera in 2020-21. Future engagements include Blue at Pittsburg Opera, and her debut with the Boston Lyric Opera in their production of Champion this coming season.
In the 2017-2018 season, Ariana was seen as Amy March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Annapolis Opera, and Konstanze in Mozart’s The Abudction from the Seraglio with Brava! Opera Theater, and she advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In the 2016-2017 season, the soprano was Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for Washington National Opera, as well as Susanna in the Domingo-Cafritz performance of Le Nozze di Figaro. Additional performances for Washington National Opera included Ms. Holy in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife, and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni directed by Francesca Zambello.
In past seasons Ariana was seen as Abigail Williams in Francesca Zambello’s production of The Crucible at The Glimmerglass Festival, Kahua in the world premiere of Better Gods at Washington National Opera, and Gretel in Washington National Opera’s Holiday Opera production of Hansel and Gretel. She appeared as Frasquita in Washington National Opera’s 60th Anniversary season opening production of Bizet’s Carmen. Ms. Wehr made her debut with The National Symphony Orchestra singing Mozart’s Exsultate Jubliate, covered the Forest Bird in WNO’s production of Siegfried, as well as covering the role of Musetta in La bohème at the Glimmerglass Festival.