Hailed by Opera News as “strikingly lovely” and the Los Angeles Times as a singer who “can release roulades of coloratura with a shimmering sound”, rising Canadian mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson enjoys increasing exposure both on the opera stage and in the concert hall. The 2016 – 2017 season sees Ms. Dawson return to Oper Frankfurt as a studio member singing Dorotea in Verdi’s Stiffelio, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Moppet, a Cat and Wild Goose in a new production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan.
In the 2015 – 2016 season Ms. Dawson joined Oper Frankfurt as a studio member where she made her debut as Tebaldo in Don Carlo. She debuted the role of Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with The Boston Youth Symphony conducted by Federico Cortese and made her D.C. and New York operatic debuts with Opera Lafayette debut as Emilia in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica.
Additional operatic highlights include Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Poppea (cover) in l'incoronazione di Poppea at Aspen Music Festival, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Frédérick (cover) in Mignon at the Music Academy of the West; Sesto in La clemenza di Tito and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte with Oberlin Opera Theater and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera-in- Italy. Roles at AVA include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Siébel in Gounod's Faust, Javotte in Manon, Milovzor in Pique Dame and Zulma in l'Italiana in Algeri. Ms. Dawson was an apprentice artist at Santa Fe Opera, a young artist with the Glimmerglass Festival, and has participated in Opera Philadelphia’s new works project, Double Exposure.
Concert and recital work includes Poème de l'amour et de la mer with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, recital debuts at The Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall in concerts presented by Vocal Arts DC and the New York Festival of Song, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the American Academy of Conducting workshop at the Aspen Music Festival, second soprano soloist in Bach's B minor Mass with the Houston Bach Society, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mozart’s Requiem with the Oberlin Orchestra, Vivaldi's Gloria with Symphony in C, and Liebeslieder-Walzer with the Music Academy of the West.
A 2015 George London Award Competition winner, Ms. Dawson received the Anny Schlemm Preis from Oper Frankfurt, an honour given to a singer associated with the company once every five years. She has received fellowships from the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West, and has sung in masterclass with James Levine at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues festival.
Ms. Dawson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. She recently completed studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, earning a performance certificate.