Ashley Fabian, soprano
Lauded by Opera Today for her "sweet" and "natural" sounds, soprano Ashley Fabian is quickly garnering recognition for her artistry. She is described as “a joy to watch and hear” (Daily Camera). As Barbarina, she was noted as having a "voice and stage manner well worth the wait" (Pittsburgh in the Round).
The 2018-2019 season will include Gretel in Hansel & Gretel, Ilia in a reimagined version of Idomeneo, and Younger Alyce in Glory Denied with Pittsburgh Opera.
Ms. Fabian joined the Resident Artists of Pittsburgh Opera in the 2017-2018 season, singing roles such as Shepherd Boy (Tosca), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Yogini/Iraqi woman (The Long Walk), and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) in the Student Matinee. She also joined Palmetto Opera in Il Barbiere di Siviglia as Rosina, and Cincinnati Opera in Die Zauberflöte as 1st Spirit.
Previous seasons included roles such as Madame Silberklang (The Impresario), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), The Princess (Transformations), Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief), and Bastienne (Bastienne und Bastienne). She also premiered new opera roles Sister Sparrow (Bre’r Rabbit and the Tar Baby) and Venus (The Golden Ass).
Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Ms. Fabian has appeared as a soloist in works such as Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Charpentier's Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and a fully staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. She has bowed with companies including Cincinnati Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Virginia Arts Festival, Central City Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera Charleston, and Palmetto Opera.
She holds awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Illinois District), Orpheus Vocal Competition, Central City Opera, and Grand Concours Franco-American Competition. She was a finalist in the Cooper-Bing Competition, Piccola Opera Competition, and semi-finalist in the International Marcello Giordani Competition, Lois Alba Aria Competition, and Opera Index. She holds a M.M. from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a B.A. and Artist Diploma from The College of Charleston.