Pinned butterflies, but outstanding singing in Canadian Opera Company’s Così fan tutte

"As the scheming, cynical servant Despina, crisp, bright-voiced soprano Tracy Dahl almost stole the show with her comic shenanigans."

Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack

The selections, lyrical and narrative, were commandingly delivered by Dahl, who delighted with her engaging performances and top-level talent. After a standing ovation, the night ended with Dahl returning to the stage — and to 20th-century America — for a well-received encore with George Gershwin’s Summertime.

Joe Couture, Regina Leader-Post
A Star-Studded 60th for Merola

Perhaps the evening’s most delightful moment was the return of soprano Tracy Dahl, whose pinpoint coloratura and silvery tone has not been heard at the War Memorial Opera House since (checks the archives) 1999. But there she was again, romping through “Je suis Titania” from Ambroise Thomas’ “Mignon” with all her wellremembered accuracy and pixieish charm intact. You couldn’t listen to her sing and not feel glad that Merola had given a talent like hers its start.

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
Candide a perfect summer opera offering

"Dahl gets the big show-stopper number, Glitter and be Gay, which she previously recorded with The Calgary Philharmonic and Mario Bernardi. While Dahl is now a trifle mature to play Cunegonde, she is nevertheless vocally perfect for the part, and despite a slight hardness to the voice, she still has all the notes needed to deliver the virtuoso vocal writing. Her delivery of Glitter and be Gay is still the gold standard in this famous piece. Her bubbly stage presence is, of course, perfect for the less-than-virtuous Cunegonde."

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald
Cosí fan tutte - Canadian Opera Company
"Tracy Dahl was wonderfully comic as Despina, her clear voice, witty word-pointing and detailed acting making her a constant delight.”
Christopher Hoile, Opera News
The Canadian Opera Company mounts clash of concepts with Così fan tutte
“Tracy Dahl was a crisp and comic Despina.”
Arthur Kaptainis, National Post
Atom Egoyan's Così fan tutte
“Someone who has it all is the other mature cast member, Tracy Dahl, whose cunning servant Despina possesses the crisp vocal clarity, great comedy timing, and wholehearted sense of physical horseplay that make this character fly. Every moment she’s on stage is a theatrical joy, but one also faithful to the score she’s singing.”
Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star
Così fan tutte (Canadian Opera Company)
“Tracy Dahl demonstrated herself to be a master of physical comedy and comedic voices whose talent in this regard is not likely to be exceeded by theatre-trained actors.”
Keira Grant, Mooney on Theatre
Così fan tutte at Canadian Opera Company
“Canadian soprano Tracy Dahl is an ideal Despina.”
John Terauds, Musical Toronto
Review: 'Carmina Burana' debut here a thriller
"Tracy Dahl, another “Carmina” veteran soloist, delivered a sweet and strong “Dulcissime,” which was intentionally programmed at the top range for a dramatic soprano."
Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News
Rigoletto, Manitoba Opera
"Winnipeg’s musical treasure, world-class colouratura soprano Tracy Dahl also triumphed in the role of Gilda. The petite singer with a stratospheric voice hit just the right note with her not-so-innocent character desperately longing for love and freedom. Her electrifying Caro Nome, with each note crafted as a multi-faceted jewel rightfully earned sustained applause from the audience."
Holly Harris, Opera Today
A Gershwin Tribute at Sydney Opera House
"This half of the concert featured singer Tracy Dahl, making her Sydney Opera House debut, and she performed the songs with much style and charisma. She had great stage presence and was able to draw us in to the world of the songs, drawing us in to their unique narratives.”
Oliver Brett, Bachtrack
Pacific Opera Victoria's Maria Stuarda
“Tracy Dahl pierces the heart as Maria. Maria Stuarda is essentially a Catholic piece and Dahl captures the demanding role of a martyr. From the sweetness and gentleness of a Therese of Lisieux ('O nube!') to a stoic Joan of Arc, Dahl manages, throughout, to ornament her work with the trills that are so central to bel canto opera. She, quite literally, takes the breath away. Little wonder that Dahl is considered Canada’s premier coluratura soprano.”
Brent Schaus, MondayMag
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