Ariana Vafadari

From Pain, to inspiration and Art

I am an opera singer and composer. Operas are passionate and strong stories. Because of my own personal life I thought, the stories of opera were those of normal life. And I thought that tragedy, fear or violence fed our emotions.
Then my father died in a very tragic way. I started composing for the first time. I felt I needed to create something totally new and personal as I thought my story and my pain were unique. It stared curing me and had the same impact on my public. I learned to face myself and I found out that expressing our true darkness and pain through art is a healer. Our own story is our treasure. We can, through art, transform it into something bigger, more beautiful that has meaning, not only for us but for those we share it with.

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"Ariana Vafadari is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, but she also composes and performs in different styles. She gives high importance to her mixed cultural roots, and her album « Gathas, songs my father taught me » (2016) written on antic persan poems was played on stage in Europe, Africa, Asia, at the Théâtre de la Ville and La Seine Musicale of Paris, or the Burning Man Festival, and was the revelation of the World Festival of Sacred Music in Fez. Her new album « Anahita » released in june 2020, has been critically acclaimed.

Ariana Vafadari, after graduating from Civil Engineering, studied at the Academy of Music in Paris (CNSMDP) and at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Her concert work includes many recitals with the great pianists from all over the world. She has sung as a mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s « Cosi Fan Tutte », Purcell’s « Dido and Aeneas », « Orfeo » and the « L’Incoronazione di Poppea » by Monteverdi, Britten’s « Albert Herring », « Terre et Cendres » by J. Combier, « La Pellegrina » and « Leyla et Majnûn » by Armand Amar in the Opera houses of Lyon and Dijon, the Luxembourg Grand Theater or at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
She is also working as director assistant for Monteverdi's « Orfeo » (Opéra de Paris in 2016) or a musical creator with the stage director Julie Bérès.

« Franco-Iranian Ariana’s initiative is exemplary. She is a magnificent classical voice, journeying back in time to her origins. Her concert transmitted a corresponding spiritual charge. » Télérama, Fez Festival.