Julia Dawson



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. In the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Dawson returns to Oper Frankfurt as an ensemble member, with roles including Angelina in La Cenerentola, Goffredo in Ted Huffman’s new production of Rinaldo, and the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas. She also sings the title role in the American premiere of Scarlatti’s Erminia with Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. and New York City.

The 2016-2017 season saw Ms. Dawson in her second year as an Oper Frankfurt studio member, where she sang 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.

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“Julia Dawson…can release roulades of coloratura with a torrent of shimmering sound.”

Mark Swed

LA Times

“As the peasant girl Zerlina, mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson was by turns innocent and daring, ably negotiating what is perhaps the opera’s most sophisticated bit of acting.”

Charles Donelan

Santa Barbara Independent

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“Meyerbeer’s florid vocal line in “Nobles seigneurs, salut” from Les Huguenots was no challenge to mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson who filled the role with ample personality.”

Voce di meche 

“Julia Dawson, well remembered from her major George London award last winter, put heart and soul into her portrayal of Emilia, the widow of Pompey, who is seeking revenge against Caesar. We have written about the many shades of sadness in Schubert’s song cycles; here, Ms. Dawson created the many shades of anger. Her voice, like Mr. Holiday’s, is a force of nature and she acts in such a visceral manner, using her entire body, that we were actually feeling it. Her handling of the fioritura was nothing short of dazzling. ”

Voce di meche 

“Julia Dawson embodies this treacherous woman with exuberance. Her aria at the end of the first act enthralls the audience, not only with her excellent vocal flourishes, but also with the character’s sheer glee at the thought of vengeance. Her dynamic physique, gestures, and vocal expressions keep the audience in rapt attention.”

DC Metro Theatre Arts – Robert Michael Oliver 

“Julia Dawson’s portrayal of Emilia, the revenge-crazed widow of Pompey, was vocally impressive.”

Washington Post – Patrick Rucker