December 1 on My Gospel Soul

Aria Hope

Ms. Aria Hope, a native of Winston Salem, North Carolina was born on October 14, 1989. She attended Appalachian State University, where she studied classical music and was vocally trained under the direction of Dr. Priscilla Porterfield. While at the Hayes School of Music, Ms. Hope performed a variety of arias (a long, accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera or oratorio) in languages such as German, Italian, French, Russian, Spanish, and English. Aria also studied music internationally in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Zululand South Africa, at the University of Johannesburg in 2009. Aria’s acting career started in 2007, when she starred in her first rock musical Joseph the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat as the leading role of the narrator. Since then, Aria has performed in the Opera L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti, Building God’s House as Young Mildred with the Winston Salem Performing Arts Alliance, Black Nativity & Glory of Gospel with the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, and Black Stars of the Great White Way in the 2015 National Black Theater Festival.

Since moving to Houston, Texas in 2016, Aria worked under the direction of John Cash Carpenter in Ghost the Musical at Lone Star Community College North Harris, and Harold Jay Trotter in productions including When Temptation Comes & The Messiah of Oz with 1989 Dream Productions. Aria also performed in the 2019 Fade to Black Festival and portrayed artist such as Betty Wright, and Aretha Franklin in Houston’s well known Dancing in the Streets Motown and More Revue in May of 2019. On October 25-27, 2019, Aria played her biggest role, as the lead character Mediyah, an all-powerful Obeah Queen, in the Broadway Play “Pecong” written by Steve Carter and directed by Julio J. Pete Peterson III, with JPETE Theater at the Midtown Arts Center.

Aria’s most recent projects include filming a book trailer for the novel “Until You’ve Walked in My Genes” written by Madyme X, and landing roles in the short film “Cairo’s Egypt,“ also written by Madyme X, and “Deception” written by Justin Williams! In her spare time, Aria loves to model, perform on various karaoke platforms, and write and perform her original poetry pieces at poetic dens around Houston!

You can check out more information about Aria Hope in the Voyage Houston Magazine link below!