Opera singer, cantorial soloist and actress, soprano Ariella Vaccarino is passionately pursuing a career in both opera and stage. She has premiered the role of Miranda in L.A. Opera's Journey to Cordoba and Maricella in Opera Pacific's Camino de Fey. More recently Ariella has performed her dream role: Violetta in Opera Pasadena's La Traviata. This past summer Ariella performed in the Czech Republic with The Symphonic Workshop, where she lent her voice in the Verdi Centennial celebrations. There she sang from the roles of Gilda from Verdi's Rigoletto with the Zlin Philharmonic, and Violetta from La Traviata with the Karlovy Vary Symphony orchestra.
Last spring she played the greedy Nella while understudying the young Lauretta with Houston's Orchestra X in a modern production of Gianni Schicchi. She just completed the role of Musetta in La Boheme with Pasadena Lyric Opera, a role that she successfully performed last season with the companies Southwest CoOperative, La Bella Voce, and Opera Pasadena. According to music critic Wendy Kikkert of The Beverly Hills Outlook, "I have seen Ms. Vaccarino embody this sizzling woman (Musetta) in two productions now, and each time she steals the show in act two. Brava!" She also triumphed as the Queen of the Night in Opera Nova's The Magic Flute. "Ms. Vaccarino's Queen of the Night was authoritative, her voice commanding, and her stage presence mesmerizing. I expect amazing things from this talented Diva in the making," Robert L. Gard, Beverly Press. Her strong acting background was also powerfully evident when she played the possessed Leah in Gindi Auditorium's production of the opera The Dybuk.
Other companies Ariella has worked with include The Intimate Opera company with the role of Adele in a shortened concert version of Fledermaus, Euterpee Opera, and Golden West Opera. She is a cantorial soloist in Los Angeles and is a frequent guest of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. This included being the featured soprano in an evening of Shostakovich music at The Getty Museum.
Ariella also enjoys recital and concert work. She is a regular recitalist for the Brandeis Bardin Institute and recently sang in the Westwood Presbyterian Bach Festival. Beyond the stage, Ariella enjoys lending her voice to the Hollywood music scene, using her high voice to howl on many a horror film including Nightmare on Elm Street VII, Highlander III, and Vampire in Brooklyn. She is currently singing the title role of Esperanza in Euterpee Opera’s west coast premier of Esperanza, while recording her voice for the upcoming JF Lawton film, Jackson.
John Mitchell - New Classical Music