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Soprano soars as lead angel in BU opera production

basile-arielleAn emerging operatic talent took flight in February during the Boston University College of Fine Arts’ production of “Angels in America” at the BU Theatre.

Arielle Basile soared as the lead angel, singing the musically daunting part with skill and grace while imbuing her character with an earthy divinity that was both playful and fearsome.

“Basile’s purity of tone and breath control were apparent, as was her command of the role’s dizzying tessitura,” Angelo Mao applauded in the Boston Classical Review.

Geoffrey Wieting of the Boston Musical Intelligencer noted that Basile “tirelessly” performed her “taxing passages” with “fervor and power,” singling out her first appearances, during which she “’part[ed] the air’ vividly, first aurally, then visually, singing with mystery, celebration, in oracular style.”

A native of Chicago, Basile earned her bachelor of music from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and is completing her master’s degree at BU’s School of Music.

She has performed with the Boston University Opera, University of Wisconsin Opera, Chicago Grant Park Chorus, Juventus New Music Ensemble, Lowell House Opera, Opera for the Young, Madison Opera Chorus, The Living Canvas, and Endstation Theater Company.

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