• Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 5

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part five of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady”! This video includes portions from Act 1, Scene vii, when Eliza is presented at Ascot. If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! If you missed the beginning, check out:  Stay tuned for the rest of “My Fair Lady” in the coming weeks – and enjoy my full recital here! It was so fun to work on this with my…

  • Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 4

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part four of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady”! This video includes portions from Act 1, Scene v, through “I Could Have Danced All Night.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! If you missed the beginning, check out:  Stay tuned for the rest of “My Fair Lady” in the coming weeks – and enjoy my full recital here! It was so fun to work on this with…

  • Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 3

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part three of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady”! This video includes portions from Act 1, Scene v, through “The Rain in Spain.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! If you missed the beginning, check out:  Stay tuned for the rest of “My Fair Lady” in the coming weeks – and enjoy my full recital here! It was so fun to work on this with my incredibly…

  • Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 2

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part two of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady! This video includes portions from Act 1, Scenes iii and v, through “Just You Wait.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! If you missed Part 1, you’ll find it here: Stay tuned for the rest of My Fair Lady in the coming weeks – and check out my full recital here! It was so fun to work…

  • Music & Theatre

    My Fair Lady: Part 1

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday returns us to my #NYU Master’s recital 💜🎓 for part one of my character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady! This video includes portions from the opening of the show through “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” If you’ve already watched my full recital performance, I hope you enjoy revisiting it (this time, edited with two camera angles and improved audio); and if you haven’t yet seen it – thanks for watching! Stay tuned for the rest of the performance in the coming weeks – and check out the full performance here! It was so fun to work on this with my incredibly talented colleague-friends! They are: Tyler…

  • Blog,  Favorites,  Music & Theatre

    Can’t Help Falling in Love

    Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a very special and personal one; I originally made it as our wedding Save the Date announcement 💛 Unfortunately, like so many other things, our plans for a larger celebration are postponed due to COVID-19 precautions – but I thought I’d still share this video, as it means a lot to me! Since our engagement anniversary was yesterday, the timing seems perfect 😊 “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was made famous by Elvis Presley; it was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss (according to Wikipedia, the melody is based on “Plaisir d’amour,” a 1784 composition by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini). Thanks to AcoustiClub for this…

  • Music & Theatre

    In the Bulb There is a Flower

    Happy Easter! Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is a song I sang for our Zoom church service last Sunday, and I hope you enjoy it! “In the Bulb” (1986) has words and music by Natalie Sleeth. Special thanks to our wonderful director of music, Dan Shore, for recording the accompaniment! And thank you, as always, for watching – I hope this finds you well, particularly during this challenging time for our world! 💜 #AshleyWagnerArts

  • Favorites,  Music & Theatre

    Artistic Philosophy, Background, and Goals

    One of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had as a performer – one of the times in life I’ve felt most useful – was in the hospital room of a dying man, surrounded by his family, singing his favorite Gospel songs.  I began singing and performing leading children’s roles in musical theatre as a very young child – initially because it was fun, interesting, and something I was good at (Annie was the first dream role I performed). While enjoyment is still a motivating factor, my passion for the work I do (and the way I try to live) stems more from a desire to influence people’s lives for the…

  • Music & Theatre

    I te vurria vasà

    I’m so grateful for the experience of living in Napoli for almost 3 years and the wonderful friends I made there 💗🇮🇹 I came to love Neapolitan songs through singing them with a local choir ☺️ ~ and when it came to my NYU Master’s Recital, I knew I wanted to include these very special pieces. Today’s #WeeklyWednesday is the last of four. “I’ te vurria vasà” has music by Eduardo di Capua and lyrics by Vincenzo Russo. I’ te vurria vasa (1900) Translation: Berny Devlin, Luca Schiano di Cola, and Ashley Wagner Special thanks to Luca Schiano di Cola for language help brushing up my Neapolitan!! Also to Hamlet’s…

  • Music & Theatre

    Dduje paravise

    I’m so grateful for the experience of living in Napoli for almost 3 years and the wonderful friends I made there 💗🇮🇹 This piece is one of my absolute favorites of all the Neapolitan songs I was introduced to; I have such fond memories singing it with my Neapolitan choir! “Dduje paravise” has music by E. A. Mario and lyrics by Ciro Parente, and is the third of four Neapolitan songs I included in my NYU Master’s Recital. Dduje Paravise – Two Heavens (1928) Translation: Berny Devlin, Luca Schiano di Cola, and Ashley Wagner Special thanks to Luca Schiano di Cola for language help brushing up my Neapolitan!! Also to…