Sein wir wieder gut: Ariadne auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)
Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano
Anna Naretto, piano
August 2020
Julia Dawson


Hailed by Opera News as “radiant and riveting” and the New York Times as “beautiful in face and voice”, Canadian coloratura mezzo Julia Dawson is a winner of the George London Award and the Anny-Schlemm Preis from Oper Frankfurt. Ms. Dawson recently debuted with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of Barbara Hannigan in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and released Girl in the Snow, an album of songs by American composer, Scott Ordway with pianist Anna Naretto on the Acis label.


Ms. Dawson was a member of the solo ensemble at Oper Frankfurt from 2017-2019 where she is also a graduate of the Opernstudio. Important debuts in Frankfurt include Angelina in La cenerentola, Goffredo in Ted Huffman’s new production of Rinaldo, and the Kitchen Boy in Rusalka as well as roles in new productions of Der Ferne Klang, Drei Opern von Ernst Krenek, Rigoletto, and Paul Bunyan amongst others. Ms. Dawson returned to Oper Frankfurt in the 2019/20 season for Axinja in a new production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and was set to return again in 20/21 for the same role (COVID19). 


Further guest engagements include Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Theater Bremen, the title role of Scarlatti’s Erminia as well as Emilia in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Opera Lafayette, Second Wood Sprite in Rusalka at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Theater Plauen-Zwickau, Musetta in La bohème with Opera de Guatemala, and Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del disinganno with Kiez Oper in Berlin. 


Ms. Dawson has been heard in concert singing Poème de l'amour et de la mer with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Mozart's Great Mass in C minor KV 427 with the Vocal Concert Dresden and Bach's Mass in B minor with the Houston Bach Society. As a recitalist, Ms. Dawson has been presented by Vocal Arts DC and the New York Festival of Song as well as in concerts broadcast on German radio Hessischer Rundfunk. One of Ms. Dawson’s recent projects is Obscura Nox, a musical short film and performance piece with music by Mozart and Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave which she sang, conceived, and co-produced and is now available on


Ms. Dawson has attended esteemed young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. She is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Rice University, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.