Dawn Bailey


Canadian soprano Dawn Bailey is a versatile artist, moving fluidly from chamber music to opera, oratorio, and art song. Hailed as 'passionate, fiery, and vivacious,' Dawn is especially sought after for her imaginative interpretations of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Dawn made her debut as a soloist with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra in December 2014 under maestro Masaaki Suzuki, singing Bach's Magnificat. She has also appeared with Tafelmusik, the Toronto Consort, Ensemble Caprice, The Toronto Masque Theatre, Aradia Ensemble, Les Violons du Roy, the Theatre of Early Music, and le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal.

In February 2015, Dawn sang the roles of Dafne and Venere in a production of Gagliano's opera Dafne with the Dutch baroque ensemble Ad Mosam, under the direction of Huub Ehlen. With the same ensemble, she toured a recital of songs and arias centred around the goddess Venus in several cities in the Netherlands.

Dawn has also premiered several new compositions by Canadian composers, recently appearing in Brian Current’s new opera Airline Icarus with Soundstreams in Toronto. Other recent performances include Couperin's Leçons de Tenebres and other works with virtuoso organist Jean-Willy Kunz, Bach’s Saint John Passion in Halifax and Ottawa, and a collaboration with storyteller Tess MacManus and Celtic harpist Susan Toman in a programme of Irish Celtic Music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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 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 has also undertaken studies in music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Alberta. Her principal teachers and mentors include Valérie Guillorit, Suzie Leblanc, Monica Whicher, Daniel Taylor, Aline Kutan, and Lorna MacDonald.