Soprano Dawn Bailey is a versatile artist, recognized for her engaging performances in a wide variety of vocal styles. Dawn is equally at ease on the concert and operatic stages, moving fluidly from chamber music to opera, oratorio, and art song. Especially sought after for her imaginative interpretations of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, she has appeared with some of Canada’s leading early music ensembles, including Tafelmusik, the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Caprice, The Toronto Masque Theatre, Les Violons du Roy, the Theatre of Early Music, and le Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal.
Dawn has premiered several new compositions by Canadian composers, notably singing the role of Elizabeth in Andrew Ager’s opera Frankenstein in Toronto in 2010. Other recent operatic roles include Artemia in Cavalli’s Artemisia in Boston, Flore in Charpentier’s La Couronne de Fleurs in Seattle, and Filena in Cavalli’s Gli Amori di Apollo e Dafne in Toronto. Last season, Dawn appeared as a soloist in Bach’s Saint John Passion in Halifax, Campra’s L’Europe Galante with the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, and a programme of Baroque Christmas music with Ensemble Caprice in Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario.
In the 2013/2014 season, Dawn looks forward to an exciting array of performances, both in Canada and abroad. Some highlights of the coming months include singing a programme entitled “Vivaldi and his Secret Bride” with Ensemble Caprice in Calgary, Bach’s Saint John Passion in Ottawa, performances of a new programme of seventeenth century Italian music with the Aradia Ensemble in Toronto, and reprise performances of the Celtic-Baroque programme “Road to the Isles” with harpist and harpsichordist Susan Toman (www.ensembleseraphina.com).
Dawn appears on recordings with the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Caprice, Seraphina, the Theatre of Early Music, and Vivavoce, and she has also been a finalist and semi-finalist at several prestigious vocal competitions in the past several years. Most recently, she advanced to the final round of the Canticum Gaudium Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland in November 2013 where she was awarded a prize of distinction. She has also participated as a finalist in the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Lamèque in New Brunswick, the Handel Singing Competition in Toronto, and the Froville Interrnational Baroque Singing Competition in France.
Dawn is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and has also undertaken studies in music at the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto, the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and McGill University. Her principal teachers and mentors include Valérie Guillorit, Suzie Leblanc, Monica Whicher, Daniel Taylor, Aline Kutan, and Lorna MacDonald.
Besides her musical endeavors, Dawn is also passionate about vegetarian cuisine, gardening, and poetry. She is an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation, and since having obtained her yoga teaching certification in 2008, she teaches classes regularly in studios around Montreal, as well as offering private yoga instruction tailored especially toward singers.