American soprano, cabaret artist, and composer Ashley Knight is equally comfortable on the traditional opera stage and at the forefront of the experimental music and performance scene. She flourishes in the world of contemporary opera. Yet, it is her versatility, musicality, and creative courage that allow her to push the boundaries of what it means to be an opera singer in the 21st century.
Ashley was featured in Christopher Cerrone’s Pulitzer prize nominated opera, Invisible Cities, which attracted international attention as "the leading edge of operatic innovation" (Wired Magazine). Produced by The Industry and Benjamin Millepied's LA Dance Project, Invisible Cities was performed in Downtown LA's Union Station and experienced entirely through wireless headsets. Ashley has also appeared with the cutting-edge Long Beach Opera as the soprano soloist in the US premiere of Gavin Bryars's The Paper Nautilus, Philip Glass's Hydrogen Jukebox, Michael Gordon's Van Gogh, and the US premiere of Stewart Copland's The Tell Tale Heart.
Ashley's modernist sensibilities and experimental milieu have led to several uniquely innovative collaborations and projects. Her vocals and arrangements may be found on tracks in the electronic music realm, most notably collaborating with members of The Glitch Mob and performing vocals with the underground electro-circus El Circo. She appeared recently in a solo performance installation at the Royal Academy of Art in London, where she lent her musical improvisational skills, unaccompanied, in conjunction with the acclaimed architecture exhibit "Sensing Spaces." Her vision and talents were sought after by the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, the de Young Museum, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, as well as the international performance phenomenon Supperclub. There she served as creative director and a resident performer, where she could be found tossing off vocal fireworks while climbing on the tables and hanging from the rafters.
In addition to her contemporary music projects she has been featured in many operatic roles including the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Soeur Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, and the title role in Handel's Agrippina.
Recent projects include an appearance with Jacaranda Music and recorded vocals with composer Michael Price for Erased Tapes Records in Berlin. She returned to Europe in fall of 2015 to tour his album "Entanglement" live in concert.
Ashley is currently on tour with Japanese sensation Yoshiki and will be performing with him in Hong Kong and at Carnegie Hall in New York.