Ariel Pisturino

Ariel Pisturino

Full Lyric Soprano

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«"Ms. Pisturino's singing encapsulates the evocative soul of each piece."»
«"Pisturino whose voice is simply exquisite: pure, [and] clear..."»
«“An impressive young discovery...” ​»
2017Berg: WozzeckMarie (Wozzeck)
2016Bizet: CarmenFrasquita
2015Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi
2015Rubinstein: The DemonTamara
2014Britten: The Turn of the ScrewMiss Jessel
2012Mozart: Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
2011Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2010John Adams: Nixon in ChinaFirst Secretary To Mao


The Los Angeles Times hails soprano Ariel Pisturino as “an impressive young discovery,” after seeing her professional debut performance as Nancy T’ang in Long Beach Opera’s production of Nixon in China. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary works and collaborations with composers, Ariel performed the role of Lover in The Industry’s nationally-acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH and created the role of Laurie in Mark Abel’s premiere opera Home is a Harbor, released on Delos Records. She collaborated with Abel once before on his song cycle Five Rilke Songs on the album Terrain of the Heart, also for Delos Records. Most recently, Ariel created the role of Rosina Brandram in a newly written Gilbert and Sullivan review, Hail Poetry, with Opera a la Carte.

Propelled by her interest in promoting new works, Ariel co-founded the performance troupe Chamber Opera Players of LA and the new music summer concert series unSUNg, focusing on new and unknown vocal music. Highlights of her work with Chamber Opera Singers of LA include her commission and premiere of the opera The Last Silent Voice by George N. Gianopoulos and a commission of electronic opera The Master and Margarita by Russian composer Gamma Skupinsky.  Other contemporary performance highlights include her performances with Long Beach Opera as Witch 1 in Bloch’s Macbeth and the premiere of the oratorio Circular 14: The Apotheosis of Aristides by Neely Bruce in remembrance of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who saved thousands during the Holocaust.

Ms. Pisturino not only performs new works but also lends her creamy legato to traditional roles such as Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, and Micaëla. She has also been heard as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, and Rutter Gloria.

An avid language student, Ariel is conversationally fluent in Italian and attended the Russian Opera Workshop to study the Russian language and perform the role of Tamara in Rubenstein’s opera, The Demon.  

Ariel holds a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, a Bachelors degree in Music from Northern Arizona University, and is an OperaWorks alumna. Born in San Francisco but a native of Kingman, Arizona, she now resides with her bass-baritone boyfriend and three kitties in sunny Los Angeles.  

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Berg: Wozzeck Marie (Wozzeck) No 2017
Bizet: Carmen Frasquita No Opera Santa Barbara 2016
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Fiordiligi 1 week Redlands Opera Theater 2015
Rubinstein: The Demon Tamara 1 week Russian Opera Workshop 2015
Britten: The Turn of the Screw Miss Jessel 1 week Pacific Opera 2014