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Ariadne Lih

Montréal, CA         

Canadian soprano Ariadne Lih sings opera, oratorio, and chamber music from the earliest notations to the present day. She appears regularly as a soloist with ensembles such as Clavecin en Concert, Ensemble Caprice, Infusion Baroque, La Chamaille, and the Madison Bach Musicians. Opera credits include Hermione in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione, Polly in John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, and the title roles in Cavalli’s La Didone and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has given recitals of early music at the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Fordham University, and she has participated in numerous world premieres, including chamber works by B.E. Boykin, Joelle Wallach, Jonathan Woody, Stephanie Moore, and Tim Brady, and solo works by Stephen Dembski and Tawnie Olson. Her feminist convictions are central to the way she makes music, and she takes every opportunity to perform works by women composers.

She is the cofounder, managing director, and soprano of the Uncommon Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival dedicated to accessible, equitable, and community-building classical music. The Festival devotes half of its programming to women composers and one fourth to composers of color, and will hold its fifth season in 2020.

Ariadne also maintains an active career as a translator and writer on music. Her clients include organisations such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Schulich School of Music, as well as a wide variety of ensembles and individuals. Since 2015, she has translated more than 75,000 words from French to English and written program notes for 60 different concerts; she is also one of three co-translators for the English edition of André Schaeffner’s Origine des instruments de musique (Routledge 2020). She is the librettist for Conversations with Whales, a new work commissioned by The Uncommon Music Festival with music by Nate Barnett, stories by Chuck Miller, and recordings of whale vocalizations from the University of Alaska Southeast Whale Lab. 

Marvellous Error

Music by Edie Hill, text by Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly. Performed in 2019 by the musicians of The Uncommon Music Festival, one to a part, with myself as soprano.

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Little Prayers by Stephen Dembski

World premiere performance of Stephen Dembski’s song cycle Little Prayers, on texts by Lee Rudolph (my grandfather). Performed on August 19, 2016 at The Uncommon Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska, with Jacob Reed, piano.

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