Ariana Warren is a mezzo-soprano hailing from Long Island, New York. She was recently an apprentice artist in Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2023 season where she covered “Sméraldine” in The Love for Three Oranges and was a featured soloist in the Stars of Tomorrow concert. She also spent two seasons as an Opera Iowa artist where she performed in the educational outreach tour productions as “Ježibaba” in Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid, “Adèle” in Beauty and the Beast (composed by Grétry/written and adapted by Joshua Borths), and in Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. In DMMO’s 2022 season, she covered “Dritte Dame” in the Kosky production of Die Zauberflöte. Ariana has also spent three summers as a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival. There she performed "Second Lady" in The Magic Flute, "Mastrilla" in Songbird (an English adaptation of La Périchole) and performed in the musical theater concert, To The World. She also covered many roles there including the title role in Carmen (directed by Denyce Graves), the title role in Songbird and “Nelda” in Kamala Sankaram and Jerry Dye’s Taking Up Serpents.
Other credits include: “Carmen" (Carmen), "La Zia Principessa" (Suor Angelica), "Zita" (cover) (Gianni Schicchi), “Dinah" (Trouble in Tahiti), "Jo" (Little Women), "Ino" (Semele), "Eleanor Roosevelt" in a reading of Well Behaved Women composed by Broadway's Carmel Dean, "Arsamene" (Serse), "Lee" (Marie Begins), "Cecilia" in the world premiere of Behold the Man by Paul Fowler and Andrew Flack, and "Aloès" (L'Étoile). In 2016, she was a soloist with the Ithaca College Choir at Lincoln Center. She was an apprentice artist with Opera Ithaca in their 2016-17 season as well. She has also participated in Canto Vocal Programs, Opera Viva! in Verona, Italy and The Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theater Institute. She holds degrees from Arizona State University and Ithaca College where she received a dual B.M. in Vocal Performance and Music Education.
Ariana has earned an encouragement award from The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and was a recipient of the Opera Club of Syracuse Award through the Civic Morning Musicals Competition. She won the Ithaca College Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the ASU Concerto Competition. She also sang with Opera Works' Ann Baltz in "Broken Bonds: An improv opera." She was chosen to sing for the Ithaca College School of Music Recruitment CD. While home on Long Island, Ariana performs regularly with Opera Night Long Island.