Pacific Opera Victoria
In April 2012, Tracy Dahl made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut and her role debut as the title character in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. She returns in 2015 for the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Canada's premier coloratura soprano, Tracy Dahl has appeared with such opera houses as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris).
In addition to her return to Pacific Opera Victoria for Lucia di Lammermoor, her performances during the 2014-2015 season include the title role of Candide with Calgary Opera; concert performances of Candide with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; concert appearances with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and Winnipeg Singers; and a recital at the Westben Arts Festival.
Recent operatic engagements include Despina in Così fan Tutte with the Canadian Opera Company; Gilda in Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera and Manitoba Opera; Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria; the world premières of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland and Peter Ash's The Golden Ticket with Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Calgary Opera; and Madame Mao in Nixon in China with Opera Colorado, Portland Opera, and Vancouver Opera. Among her many notable debuts are Adele in Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera, where she later returned as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Florestine in the world première of The Ghosts of Versailles, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow; as well as Olympia in the San Francisco Opera production of Les contes d'Hoffmann opposite Plácido Domingo, where she returned to perform Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.
On the concert stage, her recent appearances include performances of Gershwin songs at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Bramwell Tovey; with the Philadelphia Orchestra on New Year's Eve; with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival, and with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall and at the Vail Summer Music Festival; Carmina Burana with the Vancouver Symphony; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Monterey Symphony; Britten's Les Illuminations with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra; a concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Handel's Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony; and an appearance on the Vancouver Symphony Proms with Bramwell Tovey.
In 2009, Ms. Dahl was honoured with the Ruby Award by Opera Canada for outstanding achievements on stage. She received the 2012 WSO Golden Baton Award from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and in November 2014, Women's Executive Network's (WXN) honoured her as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners.
Tracy Dahl has received two Juno nominations for Glitter and Be Gay with the Calgary Philharmonic and Rhymes and Reveries, both for the CBC label. Her discography also includes A Gilbert and Sullivan Gala with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (CBC), Love Walked In, a Gershwin collection with the Bramwell Tovey Trio, and A Disney Spectacular with the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc).
Tracy Dahl has also developed as one of Canada's finest voice teachers, producing some of Canada's best young talent. She is currently an instructor at the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. Her students' successes have taken them to stages in Canada, Holland, Italy, Germany, China and the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, where in January 2014 her student Andriana Chuchman made her debut, replacing an indisposed Anna Netrebko. Dahl's ability to bring out the very best in her students has proven to be among the finest of her many accomplishments.
Tracy Dahl, making her POV debut in the middle of a very distinguished international career, brings to the role of Maria a coloratura voice that has been widely admired for its radiance and easy virtuosity. She is a feisty and persuasive actress, too, and her Maria comes across as a proud, passionate but also sincere, deeply affecting and sympathetic character. Dahl is magnificent in Act 3, when Maria rides out a rollercoaster of emotions before attaining true nobility.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, Review of POV's Maria Stuarda, 2012
a voice filled with sunshine, rainbows and laser light
Michael Margolin, Opera
Dahl … is to coloratura what white is to rice.
On less than 24 hours notice, Dahl flew in from Canada for the October 12 opening and conquered the house ... with fantastic coloratura ability… performing fioriture that will put her in the hall of fame.
Marvin Tartak, San Francisco Classical Voice, 1999, Review of Lucia di Lammermoor
If Tracy Dahl isn't the best Lucia before the public today, she's very close to it ... she plays her with an electrifying spontainety that single-handedly lit up the show. A Lucia of such accomplishment deserves to be seen any- and everywhere possible.
David McKee, October 26, 1999, "LUCIA at SFO" posted to Opera-L listserv.bccls.org
Below: A brief clip of Tracy Dahl singing Spargi d'amaro pianto in a 2007 production of Lucia di Lammermoor by Arizona Opera.