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AShley Armstrong lights up the stage whenever her Feisty Meg takes center Stage
- Dianna Nollen, The Gazette
Praised for her “charismatic presence” (Chicago Classical Review) and “velvety voice” (Chicago Tribune), “powerhouse mezzo-soprano” Ashley Armstrong’s “star power” (Picture this Post) “lights up the stage” (The Gazette) while winning over the hearts of audiences throughout the nation.
Ms. Armstrong begins her 2019/2020 season as a young artist with Opera Idaho performing in their productions of Manon, La bohème, Acis and Galatea, and Dead Man Walking. While there, she will be making her role debuts as Javotte and Sister Lilliane. Before that, she completed her 2018/2019 season as a Chrisman Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara. There she made her company debut as a “bouncy and effulgent” (Broadway World) Olga in Eugene Onegin. She also performed Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible and Véronique in Le docteur Miracle.
Her other notable appearances include Jenny in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera, Meg Brockie in CROT’s Brigadoon; Lady in Waiting in Turandot as a Young Artist with CROT; her Sarasota Opera debut as an Apprentice Artist in their production of La traviata; Lucrezia in the critically acclaimed production of William Bolcom’s Lucrezia with Chicago Fringe Opera; Alto in Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar; The Wife in Thomas Pasatieri’s The Women; Suzette in Milton Granger’s Bluebeard’s Waiting Room; Ottavia in Monteverdi’s l’incoronazione di Poppea; Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; and Amahl’s Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Ms. Armstrong’s concert work involves The Defiant Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Leading Ladies in collaboration with Old Capitol Opera; as well as work with Chicago Combined Choirs. She has presented or has been featured in recitals and galas for Opera Santa Barbara, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the University of Northern Iowa, Northwestern University, and the Chicago Art Institute.
Currently a student of Allan Glassman, Ms. Armstrong holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa, where studied with Jeffrey Brich. Also a student of yoga, Ms. Armstrong is a 200hr registered yoga teacher, fostering a curiosity for movement and body awareness in artists.