“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 a recent aluma of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and recipient of the prestigious 2020 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
Ms. Gal began the 2019-20 season as a second-year studio artist at the Houston Grand Opera with role debuts as Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto and High Priestess in Phelim McDermott's production of Aida, as well as in the Studio Showcase as Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Cendrillon in Cendrillon, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She additionally portrayed Iolanta in an extended scene of Iolanta during HGO’s Concert of Arias’ highlighted studio performance. Due to Covid-19, performances as Papagena in Barrie Kosky's production of Die Zauberflöte at the Houston Grand Opera were cancelled. She additionally covered 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.
In the 2018-19 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. An advocate for 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 (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. Ms. Gal is additionally a pianist and native of Cocoa Beach, Florida. Upcoming engagements include a Broadway Pops Concert with The Space Coast Symphony and a role debut as Musetta in La bohème with Annapolis Opera.