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“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

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ABOUT DOROTHY

Hailed as “alluring” by the Houston Chronicle and praised for her “piercing, yet crystalline instrument” (Schmopera), Polish-American soprano Dorothy Gal is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and recipient of the prestigious 2020 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation. Having recently competed as a semi-finalist in the 58th Edition of The Tenor Viñas Competition in Barcelona, Spain, Ms. Gal is quickly gaining international recognition as a multi-faceted artist on the rise. A passionate interpreter of chamber music, opera, and musical theatre alike, Ms. Gal debuted with the Space Coast Symphony in their “From Broadway to Hollywood” Pops Concert series to ring in the New Year.

While a studio artist at The Houston Grand Opera from 2018-2020, roles performed include Zerlina in Kasper Holton’s production of Don Giovanni, High Priestess in Phelim McDermott’s production of Aida, and Countess Ceprano in Tomer Zvulun’s Rigoletto. Due to COVID-19, performances as Papagena in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte with The Houston Grand Opera and role debut as Musetta in La bohème with Annnapolis Opera were postponed. Ms. Gal also covered numerous roles at HGO, including Leïla in Les pecheurs de pêrles, Merab in Handel’s Saul, Giulietta in Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. During HGO’s Studio Showcase and Concert of Arias studio spotlight, Ms. Gal performed extended scenes from the operatic repertoire, including roles such as Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Cendrillon in Cendrillon, and Iolanta in Iolanta.

A passionate interpreter of art song, Ms. Gal participated in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues Workshop at Carnegie Hall and was a vocal fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, having performed works by Debussy, Ginastera, and Ludwig in recital in Bennett Gordon Hall. Notable performances include Opera America’s Emerging Artist Recital and performing the world premiere of Jamie Leidwinger’s HGO commissioned song cycle “Sheltered Garden” with pianist Blair Salter. Meanwhile, on the operatic stage, Ms. Gal performed as 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 Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music (Aspen Music Center).

Ms. Gal received her training at Mannes College in New York City (B.M. in Vocal Performance) and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (M.M. in Opera Performance), having been the recipient of both the Renée Fleming and Cecilia Bartoli Scholarships in Voice. In 2018, Ms. Gal received 2nd place in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. Additionally, Ms. Gal is a pianist and native of Cocoa Beach, Florida. Ms. Gal can be seen in Cincinnati Song Initiative's Mainstage Series in "A World of Song: Celebrating Latinx Voices," streaming online from April 11-May 2. 

 
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