Julia Dawson

Hailed by Opera News as “radiant and riveting” and the New York Times as “beautiful in face and voice”, canadian-born Julia Dawson is in demand for her musicality and nuanced characterizations.

Ms. Dawson was a member of the solo ensemble at Oper Frankfurt from 2015 to 2017, where she appeared as “Angelina” in La Cenerentola, “Goffredo” in Ted Huffman’s new production of Rinaldo, and sang roles in Rusalka, Dido and Aeneas, Der Ferne Klang, and Stiffelio amongst others. She returns this season as a guest for “Axinja” in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk led by Sebastian Weigle.

Guest engagements include a debut with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl; the title role in the American premiere of Scarlatti’s Erminia with Opera Lafayette in Washington D.C. and New York City; her second collaboration with the D.C.-based French baroque and early music company. In a new production of La Bohème by Querido Arte | Ópera de Guatemala, broadcast on national television and raising funds for literacy in Guatemala, Ms. Dawson sang the role of Musetta, collaborating with conductor Nimrod David Pfeffer and director Mary Birnbaum. Melding early music with the Berlin club scene, Ms. Dawson joined Oper Kiez as “Piacere” in a new production of Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at Germany's former state mint located in Berlin-Mitte.

Concert performances include the world premiere of Girl in the Snow, a monodrama for voice and piano by American composer Scott Ordway, presented by Musica+, Mozart's Mass c minor KV 427 with the Vocal Concert Dresden, and a concert broadcast on German radio Hessischer Rundfunk HR2.

Ms. Dawson has been heard in past seasons at The Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall in concerts presented by Vocal Arts DC and the New York Festival of Song, HR-2.

A winner of the George London Award and the Anny Schlemm Preis from Oper Frankfurt, Ms. Dawson is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Rice University, and Oberlin Conservatory.


“Radiant and Riveting”

- Opera News