Biography

Gregory Dahl has attained a position of prominence among baritones of his generation with performances notable for richness of characterization and a remarkable vocal authority. Mr. Dahl’s performances in PELLEAS ET MELISANDE for Opera Theater of St. Louis were hailed for his “appealingly lyrical baritone [that] emphasized Golaud’s inner turmoil over his villainy”.

Dahl’s current season is highlighted by his debut at the English National Opera as Tomsky in Tchaikovsky’s PIQUE DAME and he was featured by the Canadian Opera Company as Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. L’Opéra de Montréal welcomes him back to the Wilfrid Pelletier stage as Nilakantha in Saint-Saëns’ SAMSON ET DALILA and he also looks forward to Escamillo in CARMEN for Calgary Opera.

Last season, he was Ford in FALSTAFF for L’Opéra de Montréal, Silvano in BALLO IN MASCHERA for the Canadian Opera Company, Macbeth for L’Opéra de Québec, Golaud in PÉLLEAS ET MÉLISANDE for Against the Grain Theatre and an engagement at the Metropolitan Opera covering the role of Mandryka in ARABELLA.

Highlights of the 2012-2013 season included Adams’ EL NIÑO with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Iago in OTELLO for Calgary Opera, Sebastian in Ades THE TEMPEST for Opéra de Québec, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO. 9 for Symphony Nova Scotia, Amonasro in AIDA for Manitoba Opera, ELIJAH for the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir and the title role of MACBETH for Pacific Opera Victoria.

His 2011-2012 season was packed with major roles including Jokanaan in SALOME for Manitoba Opera, Conte di Luna in IL TROVATORE for L’Opéra de Montréal, Escamillo in CARMEN for the Brott Music Festival, Alfio in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Tonio in PAGLIACCI for Edmonton Opera and the roles of Crespel and Schlemil in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for the Canadian Opera Company.

The 2010-2011 season included Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and the World Premiere of Estacio and Murrell’s LILLIAN ALLING for Vancouver Opera, Bach’s Mass in B Minor for the Vancouver Symphony, Verdi’s REQUIEM for the Regina Symphony, CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and PAGLIACCI for Opera Hamilton and a return to Enrico for Opera Lyra Ottawa.

Dahl’s 2009-2010 season began with the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI and Tonio in PAGLIACCI for L’Opéra de Montréal and continued with Nick Shadow in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for Pacific Opera Victoria. He later sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony, Fauré’s REQUIEM with the Windsor Symphony, and Iago in Edmonton Opera’s OTELLO, a role he covered for the Canadian Opera Company.

Additional credits include Yermalov in the Canadian Opera Company’s WAR AND PEACE, Musiklehrer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Calgary Opera, Jokanaan in SALOME for Opera Theater of St. Louis, Zurga in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES for Edmonton Opera, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Winnipeg Symphony and Regina Symphony. He has appeared as Alfio in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA in Vancouver, Capt. Corcoran in HMS PINAFORE in Edmonton, Germont in LA TRAVIATA for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Hubbard in REGINA for Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in RIGOLETTO for Saskatoon Opera and MESSIAH for the Southern Manitoba Choral Society. His wide ranging repertoire includes the title role in DON GIOVANNI, Falke in DIE FLEDERMAUS and Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.

Mr. Dahl first came to national attention as Francis Chancy in the World Premiere of James Rolfe’s BEATRICE CHANCY and has since been hailed in such roles as Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Vancouver Opera) and Belcore in L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Manitoba Opera and Opera de Quebec). In another world premiere, he impressed international audiences with his creation of Charlie in Calgary Opera’s production of Estacio’s FILUMENA, a role he later reprised for the Edmonton Opera. His Edmonton FILUMENA was filmed for release in the DVD format and joins BEATRICE CHANCY on his growing list of operas-on-film.

Further credits include Ford in FALSTAFF for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Ping in TURANDOT for Vancouver Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Edmonton Opera and George in the Canadian Premiere of Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING, presented by the Calgary Opera. On the concert platform, he sang MESSIAH with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Victoria Symphony and for the Grand Philharmonic Choir he appeared in Mozart’s MASS in C minor coupled with Holman’s MAGNIFICAT. Mr. Dahl has been heard in DIE SCHÖPFUNG with the Vancouver Symphony and Silvio in PAGLIACCI for Manitoba Opera.

In the contemporary vein, Mr. Dahl has created roles for Tapestry New Opera Works (Robert Peary in Smith’s FACING SOUTH) and The Alchemist in Schafer’s THE PALACE OF THE CINNABAR PHOENIX. Other highlights from past seasons include Marcello in LA BOHÈME with Opera Ontario, the title role in MIKADO for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Antonio in IL VIAGGIO A REIMS and Junius in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA with the Canadian Opera Company. The imposing Winnipegger studied at the University of Manitoba, The Banff Centre for the Arts and the University of Toronto Opera Division.