Canadian soprano Ariadne Lih sings opera, oratorio, and chamber music from the earliest notations to the present day. She appears regularly as a soloist with ensembles such as Clavecin en Concert, Ensemble Caprice, Infusion Baroque, La Chamaille, and the Madison Bach Musicians. Opera credits include Hermione in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione, Polly in John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, and the title roles in Cavalli’s La Didone and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen. She has given recitals of early music at the Montreal Baroque Festival, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Fordham University, and she has participated in numerous world premieres, including chamber works by B.E. Boykin, Joelle Wallach, Jonathan Woody, Stephanie Moore, and Tim Brady, and solo works by Stephen Dembski and Tawnie Olson. Her feminist convictions are central to the way she makes music, and she takes every opportunity to perform works by women composers.
She is the cofounder, managing director, and soprano of the Uncommon Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival committed to accessible, equitable, and community-building classical music. The Festival devotes half of its programming to women composers and one fourth to composers of color, and will hold its fifth season in 2020. Ariadne also maintains an active career as a translator and writer on music. She holds a B.A. in music from Yale University and is currently pursuing an M.Mus. in Opera and Voice at McGill with Tracy Smith Bessette.