Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl has appeared with such opera houses at Teatro all Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), the Metropolitan Opera (NYC), San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera and the Manitoba Opera. From her roots in musical theatre to concert halls, Ms. Dahl has been lauded for her silvery tone, her vocal agility and her acting prowess in comedy or tragedy. Frequent and favourite roles are Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Cunegonde in Candide, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Norina in Don Pasquale and Madame Mao in Nixon in China, which she has recorded on the Naxos label. Some of the most frequently performed works are Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, and an American program of Gershwin and Bernstein and Gilbert and Sullivan. Her recordings for CBC records: Glitter and Be Gay; A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala, Rhymes and Reveries, as well as Love Walked In, a Gershwin tribute with Bramwell Tovey. In 2017, Ms. Dahl was awarded the Order of Canada for her performing career and her work mentoring and teaching the next generation of singers.
Ms. Dahl pursued her vocal training at the Banff School of Fine Arts, studying Musical Theatre, Art Song and Opera. This where she met and became a private student of renowned Soprano and Vocal Pedagogue, Mary Morrison, O.C., of the University of Toronto. She also was a participant in the Merola Opera program in San Francisco.
• 2017 Member of the Order of Canada
• 2017 and 2009 Nomination for Betty Mitchell Award Best Actress in a musical or opera: Adele in Die Fledermaus, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos
• 2014 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women
• 2010 Ruby Award from Opera Canada
• 2008 Betty Mitchell Award, Outstanding Actress in a musical or opera: Gilda in Rigoletto
• Juno Award Nominations for: Glitter and Be Gay, CBC Records, Rhymes and Reveries, CBC Records and The Millennium Gala, CBC records.
Recent engagements include performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Carmina Burana and Bramwell Tovey’s Farewell Concert. In 2018, she sang Cunegonde with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She also sang Carmina Burana with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. She is delighted to be returning to the stage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in their 2018/19 season in all Mozart concert. In 2019 she returns to the Canadian Opera company to reprise her role as Despina in Cosi FanTutti and opening the season for the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
ONGOING RESEACH / CREATIVE WORKS
Ms. Dahl has been voice teacher at the Desautels Faculty of Music since 1997. She has been resident Voice Instructor for Calgary Opera’s Young Artist Program since 2005 and has taught at San Francisco Opera’s Merola and Adler programs. She has given Master Classes across Canada and the United States and regularly adjudicates Metropolitan Opera auditions. Ms. Dahl has been active in her community as a fundraiser to support charities, arts organizations and school music programs. A breast cancer survivor, Ms. Dahl captains a team that participates in the CIBC Run for the Cure. Over the past 7 years with her team has raised over $60,000 for The Canadian Cancer Society.