Spotlight on Ariana Wehr, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist

Ariana returns to the role of Gretel in WNO’s Hansel and Gretel this month.

Wehr Ariana Headshot July 2015Where were you born? Did you grow up in a musical household?

I was born in Brazil and then adopted by dairy farmers in Indiana. My family likes music but no one is particularly musical. My parents and siblings played instruments in high school but they all sing along to the radio.

Is that where you consider “home” today?

Even though I moved around a lot as a kid I still consider Batesville, Indiana, home.

When did you first know you wanted to sing opera?

After attending Interlochen Arts Camp the summer before my senior year of high school, I was encouraged to pursue opera in college. It was my first indication that I kind of knew what I was doing singing-wise because I am from a small town and I had no way of knowing how I stacked up.

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