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Olympe de Gouges
Saturday Matinée and Sunday Evening
Acclaimed for her “fierce soprano with intense high notes” Ashley Becker (Olympe de Gouges ~ Saturday matinee/Sunday evening) has been hailed by The New York Times for her “lovely, fully supported sound and thoughtful nuanced phrasing.” In her most recent role, Operawire noted “Becker’s voice exhibited impeccable control over the extremes of her range” as Aunt Lydia in Poul Ruders's A Handmaid’s Tale with Glow Lyric Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina. Her performances have been nationally praised for her vocal clarity and her ability to capture the emotional nuances of complex roles. Ashley returned to Opera51 in June, 2023 to sing the title role in Tosca and the Boston Musical Intelligencer noted the versatility of her performance: “her warm, vulnerable Tosca summoned images of Desdemona and Butterfly.” Ashley is thrilled to reprise her role as Olympe de Gouges in the West Coast premiere of Girondines with Mission Opera, having originated the role in concert with Wilmington Concert Opera in 2022. In January 2024, Ashley will join Modesto Opera as the Giantess Merilee for the world premier of Evan Meier’s Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Fallen Giant.