From: Los Angeles, California. LA Opera: Crab Man in Porgy and Bess (2007, debut); Sage/Counselor in The Festival Play of Daniel (2010); Habakkuk in The Festival Play of Daniel (2012); On Now recital (2021); the Digital Short We Hold These Truths (2022); Simon/Pharisee in The Three Women of Jerusalem (2022); Amadou in Omar (2022). He works regularly with LA Opera Connects as a teaching artist.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ashley Faatoalia has been singing for as long as he can remember. He studied voice at Chapman University with Dr. Peter Atherton and since then he has been performing around the world.
In the first few years of his professional career, Ashley has become a sought-after vocalist for new works and experimental projects working closely with composers from across the country including, Lewis Pesacov, Rand Steiger, Bruno Louchouarn, Christopher Cerrone, Anne LeBaron and many more.
Often noted for his soaring tenor and warm stage presence, he has recently performed the role of Antron’s father in the premiere of Anthony Davis's Pulitzer Prize-winning Central Park Five with Long Beach Opera, the role of the Crab Man in Porgy and Bess with Seattle Opera, EUROPERAS with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry, Albert Hoffman in Anne LeBaron's LSD: The Opera with The Industry, his debut as Marco Polo in the premiere of Chris Cerrone's Emmy Award-winning and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated Invisible Cities with The Industry, Charles Edward in Candide with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many more. He has also had the honor of singing the national anthem to sold-out audiences at Dodger Stadium and the Staples Center.
Upcoming work includes Remus in Treemonisha with Volcano Theatre of Toronto, recitals for LA Opera and more. He is featured on multiple professional recordings including the original cast recordings of Invisible Cities (CD/DVD/digital release) and The Edge of Forever (vinyl/digital release) and San Francisco Opera's production of Porgy and Bess (BluRay-DVD).
Learn more at AshleyFaatoalia.com.