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Ariel Downs

                     "Charlie [was] vividly sung by 

—The Los Angeles Times


upcoming for Ariel

Voce 1 - Il nostro posto nel mondo (U.S. premiere)

Thompson St. Opera

May 10-12, 16-19, 2024

PrideArts, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL, 60613

Please join us for this double bill of works about queer love and loss. First is the World Premiere of Wet Dirt by Collin Kemeny with libretto by Andrea L. Hart, which follows a couple whose relationship is struggling after a mutual friend’s death. Following an intermission will be our first work in Italian: the US premiere of Il nostro posto nel mondo (Our Place in the World) by Marco Emanuele and Marco Gnaccolini, in which two soulmates find each other in multiple reincarnations across time, gender, and even species. This will also be our first co-production with another storefront opera company! We are delighted to be partnering with New Moon Opera to share Il nostro posto nel mondo with American audiences. 

Tickets available here

Praised for her “ravishing coloratura” and “vivid” singing, soprano Ariel Downs makes an impression with her adventurous repertoire and intense stage presence. The 2022/23 season includes her Carnegie Hall debut singing selections from Lakmé and Der Rosenkavalier, as well as her role debut and house debut as Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) with Heartland Opera Theatre.  She also returned to Thompson Street Opera to sing Calco in The Boy Who Wanted to be a Robot.

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