Ariel Bybee was a mezzo-soprano with the Metropolitan Opera for 18 seasons. She made her highly successful debut at the Washington, D.C. Opera in a new production of Menotti’s The Consul and her European opera debut as Melisande at the Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria. She made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic (Lorin Maazel, conducting) in a concert performance of Elektra at Carnegie Hall (Wikipedia).
Ariel has been a soloist with the Utah Philharmonic under Maurice Abravanel and later by Kurt Herbert Adler of the San Francisco Opera. She has also participated as a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Bybee taught junior high school music for five years, first in Utah and then in California. Starting in 1993, Bybee began teaching private students in her New York studio, as well as teaching both at the Lee Strasberg Institute and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. For ten years, she was Artist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, teaching voice and directing operatic productions. In 2007, her UNL production of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella won the International Trophy (Grand Prize) in competition at the Waterford (Ireland) International Festival of Light Opera. When she became an emerita professor at UNL, the university endowed the Ariel Bybee Chair of Opera Performance in her honor. In 2008, she moved to the Salt Lake City area where she teaches voice at the University of Utah.
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