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Bring your appetite to the Daniel Recital Hall stage on September 14th as we welcome Guest Artist, Ariana Wyatt and her performance of “Musical Aperitif.” The program will indulge even the most unique palates with songs such as “Narcissus Cucumber” by Daron Hagon, “Ox-Tails” from La Bonne Cuisine by Leonard Bernstein, and “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise” by William Bolcom. It is a night sure to make hungry for more! Free Admission. Food bibs & Drool cups not included.
About Ariana Wyatt, soprano
Originally from Southern California, soprano Ariana Wyatt now based in Virginia enjoys a diverse career on the opera stage and in the concert hall. On the stage, she has performed for Gotham Chamber Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Omaha, Spoleto USA, Opera Roanoke, Opera on the James, the Juilliard Opera Center and Aspen Opera Theater. This season she looks forward to Nellie Forbush in South Pacific with Opera Roanoke, recitals in Maryland and Mississippi, multiple performances of James Whitbourn’s Annalies including the Israeli premiere in Haifa, and performances of Finzi’s Te Deum and Bach’s cantata Jauchzet Gott.
An avid concert artist, recent appearances include those with the Ameropa Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Parma Festival, the Red Rocks Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Musica Viva series, as well as appearances with Steve Blier as part of the New York Festival of Song. Her oratorio credits include Messiah with Charleston Symphony, Dvorak’s Requiem for the Prague Festival Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Carnegie Hall, Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Requiem for Davidson College, the Brahms Requiem for the Bulgarian Youth Orchestra and the University of South Carolina, Bach’s St. John Passion for the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and a Holiday Pops concert with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic advocate for contemporary art song and opera, she has premiered and championed chamber works by Alan Louis Smith, Daron Hagen, Gregory Hutter, Lori Laitman and Kent Holliday.
Ms. Wyatt won first place in the Metropolitan Opera Competition Western Region in 2003. She has also been a finalist at the Charles A. Lynam Vocal Competition and a winner of the New West Symphony and Pasadena Opera competitions. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Santa Fe Apprentice Program for singers, the Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Program, and the Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program. Wyatt earned the bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate for the class of 2001, and she completed the master of music Degree at USC in 2003. She is currently assistant professor of voice at Virginia Tech.
About the Guest Artist Series
The 2017-2018 Petrie School of Music season includes the fifth annual Guest Artist Series, a series of free-admission concerts and educational events open to the public. Designed to enhance the other offerings of the Petrie School—the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, ensemble concerts, faculty recitals, student recitals, and the Lawson Series—GAS features an eclectic mix of soloists, ensembles and clinicians.
We gratefully acknowledge the following for support of the Guest Artist Series: The Elizabeth Woodward Cornelson, Class of 1927 and George H. Cornelson III Endowment, the Charles A Dana Foundation Guest Artist Series Endowment, and the Elizabeth Jennings Caughman Music Performance Endowment, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.