Soprano Ariel Downs is a native of Southern California. She has been praised for her “ravishing coloratura” and her “vivid” singing. Ms. Downs sang the role of Miles in The Turn of the Screw with Pacific Opera Project as part of the Benjamin Britten Centennial in Los Angeles, where she was described as “…[providing] many of the production’s most haunting moments”.
Roles recently performed include Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Amahl (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Phyllis (Iolanthe), Miles/Flora cover (The Turn of the Screw), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), The Sandman (Too Many Sopranos!) and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), as well as opera scenes as Gilda (Rigoletto), Lakmé (Lakmé), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Amy (Little Women) and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas).
Ms. Downs has appeared as a Young Artist in the Kunming Opera Festival (China), the Up North Vocal Institute, OperaWorks, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and New Music on the Point. This summer, she will sing the roles of Frasquita (Carmen) and Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) and cover Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at Opera in the Ozarks.
As a strong interpreter of contemporary and experimental music, Miss Downs is passionate about working with composers and has had the opportunity to premiere numerous chamber music pieces. She also portrayed Charley in selections from Alexander Vassos’ new opera The House is Open and Sister 2 in Ellen Reid’s Winter’s Child as part of The Industry’s concert [First Take] in 2013.
Ms. Downs completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Puget Sound. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at the conservatory at the University of Missouri Kansas City under the instruction of Dr. Maria Kanyova.