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, Aradia, 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, recently appearing in Brian Current’s new opera Airline Icarus with Soundstreams in Toronto. 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 Ottawa, a programme of 17th century Italian music with Aradia in Toronto, Campra’s L’Europe Galante with the Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal, and a programme entitled Vivaldi’s Secret Bride with Ensemble Caprice in Calgary, Alberta.
In the 2014/2015 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 of Carissimi oratorios in Maastricht with the Dutch baroque ensemble Ad Mosam, a recital of French Baroque Venus cantatas with the same ensemble, collaboration with storyteller Tess MacManus and Celtic harpist Susan Toman in a programme of Irish Celtic Music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, and a programme of Easter music with organist Jean-Willy Kunz at the monastery in St-Jean-de-Matha, Quebec.
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 International 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.