Ariadne Greif, praised for her “luminous, expressive voice,” “searing top notes,” and “dusky depths,” (NY Times), began her opera career as a ‘boy’ soprano in Los Angeles and at the LA Opera, eventually making an adult debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. She has starred in roles ranging from Therese/Tirésias in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, singing a “thoroughly commanding and effortless” run at the Aldeburgh Festival, and a “sassy” and “sparkling” Adina in The Elixir of Love with the Orlando Philharmonic, to Sappho in Atthis by Georg Friedrich Haas, which the New York Times called “a solo high-wire act for Ms. Greif,” “a vehicle for Ms. Greif’s raw, no-holds-barred performance,” and “one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times.”
She began this season with a “soaring...spine-chilling” staged recital in Australia with the Sydney Chamber Opera at the 2018 Resonant Bodies Festival (Sydney Arts Guide), and performances with William Kentridge of the Dada masterpiece Ursonate at Den Norske Opera as part of the Ultima Festival in in Oslo. Recent performances have included Mahler Symphony No. 4, Carmina Burana, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vespers K.321, Bach Wedding Cantata, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Haydn concert arias, Babbit’s A Solo Requiem, opera gala concerts at the Sarasota Opera House, and role debuts as Musetta in La Bohème with The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Papagena in The Magic Flute with The Orlando Philharmonic. In the past three seasons she has premiered several new operas, and performed concerts of chamber music in Weill Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, across the US, and in Canada, France, Finland, and the Middle East, in appearances with Lukas Ligeti, Gabriel Kahane, William Kentridge, Doug Fitch, The Knights, Ensemble Mélange, The Northwest Sinfonietta, and the Alterity Chamber Orchestra, among others. She has premiered over fifty new works and more than a dozen new operas, and has created a twenty-composer commissioning project of her own, called Dreams & Nightmares, subject of a forthcoming documentary called Only a Dream.