“limpid, pliable, steady singing of the highest order”- (Opera Today)
"piercing, yet crystalline instrument" - (Schmopera)
"At the other vocal extreme, soprano Dorothy Gal brought gleam and spaciousness..." - (Texas Classical Review)
"alluring" - Houston Chronicle






Praised for her “piercing, yet crystalline instrument” (Schmopera), Polish-American soprano Dorothy Gal is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where she recently made her mainstage debut as Zerlina in Don Giovanni under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru. 


In the 2019/2020 season, Ms. Gal makes role debuts as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, High Priestess in Phelim McDermott's production of Aida, and Papagena in Barrie Kosky's production of Die Zauberflöte at the Houston Grand Opera, where she also covers Merab in Handel's Saul and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. In November she performed in Opera America's Emerging Artist Recital as a representative of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, with repeat performances at the Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Other engagements include a solo recital in the Woodlands, TX, sponsored by the Verreaux Collective.


In the 2018/2019 season, Ms. Gal covered the roles of Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles and Giulietta in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix at HGO. A pioneer of new works, she also premiered Jamie Leidwinger’s commissioned song cycle "Sheltered Garden" with pianist Blair Salter as part of the Rienzi Recital Series. She went on to perform the role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. 


An artist distinguishable by her musicality and artistic ingenuity, Ms. Gal participated in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues Workshop at Carnegie Hall, was a Vocal Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and is an alumnus of Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. Other operatic performances include First Wood Sprite in Rusalka and Pousette in Manon (Des Moines Metro Opera); Sandrina in La Finta Giardiniera, Amy in Little Women, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Rice University); and Pastourelle in L’enfant et les sortilèges (Aspen Summer Music Festival). In 2018, Ms. Gal was awarded Second Prize in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.


She is a graduate of Mannes College in New York City and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, having been the recipient of both the Renée Fleming and Cecilia Bartoli Scholarships in Voice. She is a pianist and native of Cocoa Beach, Florida. 


Ms. Gal is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Soshana Foundation.


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