Soprano Shareese Arnold is an Alabama native. No stranger to the stage, Mrs. Arnold has been privileged to sing thrilling and beautiful roles, including the title roles of Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Arnold's performance as Donna Anna was reviewed as "precise and lovely, even ethereal" by the Herald Times. Her appearances as Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Agathe in Der
Freischütz, Bess in Porgy and Bess and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Converse Opera Theatre drew unprecedented audiences.
In addition to the operatic stage, Mrs. Arnold is an avid performer of sacred works and song recitals. She was a featured soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, and Britten’s World of the Spirit while at Indiana University. Her performance was described in the Herald Times: “[Arnold’s] soprano supplied rhapsodic splendor for the inspired music
Brahms gave to passages from the Gospel of John, promising that, following sorrow, ‘Your heart shall rejoice, and your joy shall no man take from you.’” During her tenure at Converse College she was fortunate to be the soprano soloist for their performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Last spring, Shareese premiered an arrangement of Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder for piano and string quartet by pianist and composer John Greer. Other concert repertoire will include The Poet's Echo by Britten, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Sieben Frühe Lieder by Berg and the songs of Schoenberg and Rachmaninov. Arnold is a recipient of the Ursula Springer Endowment Award from the Wagner Society of New York awarded in 2014 and a winner of the 2015 Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
Shareese is a member of the Wagner Studio of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati. Upcoming engagements include an artist recital with Music for all Seasons (Cincinnati) and appearances with the Cincinnati Song Initiative.