Gregory Dahl




Gregory Dahl


Canadian Citizen

Gregory Dahl’s debut as Tomsky in THE QUEEN OF SPADES for English National Opera was notable for “a splendidly oily and corrupt Count Tomsky” while the press hailed his “appealingly lyrical baritone [that] emphasized Golaud’s inner turmoil over his villainy” in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s PELLEAS ET MELISANDE.

The most important baritone roles of Verdi and Puccini take pride of place in Mr. Dahl’s 2017/18 season including Scarpia in TOSCA for L’Opéra de Montréal and Calgary Opera, RIGOLETTO for l’Opéra de Québec and Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for the Manitoba Opera. MESSIAH claims his attention for the Vancouver Bach Choir and he will be in Halifax for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Symphony Nova Scotia. His 2016/17 season included the title role in GIANNI SCHICCHI for L’Opéra de Québec, Ford in FALSTAFF for Manitoba Opera, Picariello In FILUMENA for Calgary Opera, Iago in OTELLO for Vancouver Opera and Scarpia in TOSCA for Orchestre de Trois Rivieres. His concert schedule included MESSIAH for Symphony Nova Scotia, ELIJAH in Winnipeg and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Notable recent additions to his active repertoire are the title role in MACBETH (Kentucky Opera), George in OF MICE AND MEN (Manitoba Opera) and High Priest in SAMSON ET DALILA (Opéra de Montréal).  Highlights of past seasons include Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY for the Canadian Opera Company, Escamillo in CARMEN for Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Virée Classique Festival with Nagano, Ford in FALSTAFF and Amonasro in AIDA for L’Opéra de Montréal, Sebastian in Ades’ THE TEMPEST for L’Opéra de Québec and an engagement at the Metropolitan Opera covering the role of Mandryka in ARABELLA. Also in his repertoire are the roles of Jokanaan in SALOME, di Luna in IL TROVATORE, Alfio in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Tonio in PAGLIACCI, and Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR.

Additional credits include Yermalov in the Canadian Opera Company’s WAR AND PEACE, Musiklehrer in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for Calgary Opera, and Zurga in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES for Edmonton Opera. He has also appeared as Capt. Corcoran in HMS PINAFORE, Germont in LA TRAVIATA, Hubbard in REGINA, Nick Shadow in THE RAKE’S PROGRESS and the title roles in DON GIOVANNI, and IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.                                                                     

Mr. Dahl first came to national attention as Francis Chancy in the World Premiere of James Rolfe’s BEATRICE CHANCY and other world premieres include Estacio and Murrell’s FILUMENA for the Calgary Opera, LILLIAN ALLING for Vancouver Opera and SHALIMAR THE for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. FILUMENA was filmed for release in the DVD format and joins BEATRICE CHANCY on his list of operas-on-film. Mr. Dahl has also created roles for Tapestry New Opera Works (Robert Peary in Smith’s FACING SOUTH and The Alchemist in Schafer’s THE PALACE OF THE CINNABAR PHOENIX) and sang the role of George in the Canadian Premiere of Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING, presented by the Calgary Opera.

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Adès Sebastian THE TEMPEST
Dittersdorf Arcifanfano ARCIFANFANO
Estacio Charlie FILUMENA
Leoncavallo Tonio PAGLIACCI
Offenbach Crespel/Schlemil/Villains LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN
Prokofiev Balaga/Yermalov WAR AND PEACE
Rolfe Francis Chancy BEATRICE CHANCY
Saint-Saëns Dagon SAMSON ET DALILA
Strauss, J. Eisenstein/Falke DIE FLEDERMAUS
Strauss, R. Mandryka ARABELLA
  Jokanaan Musiklehrer SALOME ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
Sullivan Mikado Capt. Corcoran MIKADO HMS PINAFORE
Tchaikovsky Tomsky QUEEN OF SPADES
Verdi Amonasro AIDA


Adams Il Nino
Bach, J.S. Mass in B minor Matthäus Passion Weihnachtsoratorium Missa in A Missa in G Cantata 164
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Bruckner Te Deum
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Holman Magnificat
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Mass in C Requiem in D minor
Orff Carmina Burana
Purcell The Fairy Queen
Schafer The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix
Schubert Mass in A flat
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem Fantasia on Christmas Carols Hodie
Verdi Requiem


“Baritone Gregory Dahl brings nuance to his role as U.S. consul Sharpless, who urges Pinkerton to be cautious of Butterfly’s heart, and later becomes caught in the lovers’ downward spiral during trio Io so che alle sue pene.”
Madam Butterfly, Manitoba Opera
Winnipeg Free Press Holly Harris,

“In the role of Rigoletto, Gregory Dahl navigates with skill in the double personality of his character. He is rebellious and impertinent in the skin of the hunchback jester, who amuses the Duke’s court, and is loving and sensitive when he is near his daughter. The baritone has a consistent vocal score and he delivers the goods. The singer from Winnipeg, who, after Macbeth and Gianni Schicchi, is in his third production with the Opéra de Québec and it’s a pleasure to see him on the stage. And the audience warmly expressed their pleasure at the end of Saturday’s performance.”
Rigoletto – Opéra de Québec
Yves Leclerc – Le Journal de Montreal

“Canadian Baritone Gregory Dahl was impeccable in the role of the underhand Scarpia. Manipulator at will, master of intrigues, he completely dominated the scene.”
Tosca – Opéra de Montréal
Christoph Rodriguez – Le Journal de Montreal

“Subtle touches in Opéra de Montréal’s traditional Tosca – … It took an authoritative blend of focused tone and polished phrasing from the Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl, an Opéra de Montréal regular, to convey this nuance in the second act before the Roman chief of police makes his brutal intentions clear.”
Tosca – Opéra de Montréal
Arthur Kaptainis – Montréal Gazette

“Le baryton winnipegois Gregory Dahl (Ford) donne une prestation remarquable, dans un rôle qui l’oblige à jouer avec sérieux dans un environnement des plus loufoques.”
Falstaff, Manitoba Opera

Dahl stormed the stage like a powder-keg ready to blow, barely containing his fury during Act II’s explosive E sogno? O realta.
Falstaff, Manitoba Opera – Holly Harris

“The baritones stand out…Gregory Dahl as Ford has a rich beautiful voice.”
Falstaff, Manitoba Opera
CBC Radio – Lara Rae

“The baritone Gregory Dahl played with obvious pleasure, a cunning and lively Gianni Schicchi”
Opéra de Québec, Gianni Schicchi
Le Journal de Québec – Yves Leclerc

“…Gregory Dahl, qui brille dans ce type de rôle, un sourire malin aux levres”
“…Gregory Dahl, who shines in this type of role, a mischievous smile on his lips.”
Opéra de Québec, Gianni Schicchi
Le Soleil – Josianne Desloges

“…tearing up the stage was Gregory Dahl, priceless as Gianni Schicchi and as wily as you could wish. Not just content to have a really good time, he sang magnificently, a role that fits him like a glove.”
Opéra de Québec, Gianni Schicchi
L’Avant-Scène Opéra – Louis Bilodeau

“Best of the singing actors was the veteran Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl as Amonasro, who persuades his reluctant daughter Aida to forgo love for patriotic duty. His climactic accusation that she is nothing but a slave – la schiava! – was perhaps the most chilling of the evening’s many moments of interpersonal melodrama.”
Opéra de Montréal, Aida
Montreal Gazette – Arthur Kaptainis

“As the American ambassador, Max, Gregory Dahl showed off a beefy baritone in the Scarpia-like role, seducing a willing Tosca eager to escape her Cavaradossi and his provincialism.”
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, world premiere of Shalimar the Clown
Opera News, – Henry Stewart

“…in an overall excellent cast that included Gregory Dahl, his baritone smooth with Max’s wolfish charm and easy power.”
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, world premiere of Shalimar the Clown
New York Times, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim

Gregory Dahl is a nuanced and three-dimensional George.”
Manitoba Opera, Of Mice and Men
CBC – Lara Rae

“Former Winnipegger Gregory Dahl also delivered a strong performance as George, with his robust baritone matching Hendrick’s vocals note for note. His Act I solo, in which he described how his life “would be so simple by itself” created soulful, introspective counterpoint, and when he sang, “One day soon,” during his duet with Lennie, he gave voice to the dreams of an era.”
Manitoba Opera, Of Mice and Men
Winnipeg Free Press – Holly Harris

“…baritone Gregory Dahl, as the American consul Sharpless, does strong work (acting- and singing-wise) as the empathetic go-between who foresees the disaster the impulsive Pinkerton will create…”
Vancouver Opera, Madame Butterfly
Georgia Straight – Janet Smith 

“Baritone Gregory Dahl, for example, sings an impressive Sharpless, the American consul; but he acts the part with insight as well.”
Vancouver Opera, Madama Butterfly
Vancouver Sun – David Gordon Duke

“But that strength is reflected in the performances from the rest of the cast including Gregory Dahl as Macbeth, who maintained a sturdy demeanor. His baritone voice resounded with resolve as Macbeth pursued his rise to power through murder and deceit. Revelations of doubt came only in rare moments until the ghost of one of his victims, Banquo, began to haunt him.”
Kentucky Opera, Macbeth
Louisville Courier-Journal – Elizabeth Kramer

“There is also a wonderfully seedy, coarse Tomsky from Gregory Dahl
English National Opera, Queen of Spades
The Guardian – Andrew Clements

Gregory Dahl makes an excellent Golaud as one might expect.  Dahl’s Golaud is ultimately a sympathetic figure who repeatedly tries to suppress his jealously toward his half-brother Pelléas even though doing so only increases his anguish.  His scene with Pelléas in the grottos is especially fine since Dahl makes us feel within his character the ongoing battle between malice and restraint.”
Against the Grain Theatre, Pelléas et Mélisande
Stage Door – Christopher Hoile

“Perhaps most impressive is Dahl’s Golaud, needy and increasingly menacing, sometimes in a suave fashion.”
Against the Grain Theatre, Pelléas et Mélisande
NOW Magazine – Jon Kaplan

Gregory Dahl was also astonishing in his portrayal of the antagonist Prince Golaud, a complex role requiring a deep understanding of the philological trauma of someone who has lost their way.”
Against the Grain Theatre, Pelléas et Mélisande
Musical Toronto – John Terauds

“Quelques instants plus tard, c’est au tour de Gregory Dahl de faire craquer la salle avec un somptueux Pietà, rispetto, amore. On ne peut que succomber au charisme de ce superbe Macbeth, au coffre de cette voix de baryton.”
Opéra de Québec, Macbeth
Le Soleil – Richard Boisvert

“La distribution est de très grande qualité. Le baryton Gregory Dahl joue bien les hésitations de Macbeth, qui se questionne sur le mal qu’il va répandre, pour s’imposer, ensuite, vocalement au troisième et quatrième acte.”
Opéra de Québec, Macbeth

Gregory Dahl, a vivid and steady baritone, embodied both the heroism and villainy of the title character. He was more incensed by, than afraid of, the visions that haunted him. One positive result was a drama that remained active to the final curtain: This guy might be a match for fate.”
Opéra de Québec, Macbeth
Montreal Gazette – Arthur Kaptainis

“Baritone Gregory Dahl, an audience favourite in Calgary, and an experienced on-stage villain, could not have captured the role of the duplicitous Iago better, and beguiled his nemesis all night long with his serpentine poison, ingratiating himself with malevolent cunning. Mr. Dahl succeeded in pulling off the greatest villain in the opera repertoire, and his Act II Credo, where he affirms his genesis as evil incarnate, was chilling.”
Calgary Opera, Otello
Calgary Herald – Stephan Bonfield

“Canadian baritone Gregory Dahl was a commanding presence, with his rich timbre and fine legato.”
Opéra de Montréal, Il Trovatore
Montreal Gazette – Wah Keung Chan

“Special mention must be made of Winnipeg baritone Gregory Dahl’s chain-shackled Jokanaan, who immediately asserted his booming presence even from the depths of the cistern with his first vocal entry, “After me, will come one.” The charismatic singer brought both requisite strength and nobility to the role, with his robust voice trembling with fury as he foretold the coming of the Son of Man.”|
Manitoba Opera, Salome
Winnipeg Free Press – Holly Hills

“Dahl, as Tonio, set the scene for Pagliacci charmingly, coming out from the audience to deliver the Prologue. Besides setting the scene nicely, he conveyed genuine menace when he accosts Nedda.”
Edmonton Opera, Pagliacci
Opera Canada Magazine – Bill Rankin

“As his older half-brother, Golaud, baritone Gregory Dahl sang and acted powerfully. His intensity made his gradual disintegration over the opera’s course credible.”
Opera Theater St. Louis, Pelleas et Melisande
Saint Louis Today – Sarah Bryan Miller

“As Tom’s diabolical nemesis, Nick Shadow, the baritone Gregory Dahl cuts an imposing figure both vocally and physically, and projects a personality that is charming and subtle but still too powerful to be resisted.”
Pacific Opera Victoria, The Rake’s Progress
The Victoria Times – Kevin Bazanna

Gregory Dahl, who did double duty in the bass role of the archangel Raphael and the baritone part of Adam, possesses a round, resonant voice and impressively clear diction.”
Haydn’s Creation ,Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
The Vancouver Sun, David Gordon Duke

Gregory Dahl makes his POV debut as the boorish and vulgar Giovanni, yet manages to portray him as a likable if flawed hero, with dash and charisma. Dahl’s lusty, powerful voice holds true from top to bottom, and his stage presence is commanding and secure.”
Pacific Opera Victoria, Giovanni
Times Colonist, Grania Litwin


Gregory Dahl
sings the role of Scarpia in Verdi’s TOSCA with Calgary Opera. Performances run April 14-20, 2018 at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary.

Gregory Dahl
sings the role of Sharpless in Manitoba Opera’s production of the Puccini classic, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Performances run November 18 – 24, 2017 at the Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Baritone, Gregory Dahl sings the title role in RIGOLETTO with L’Opera de Quebec. Performances run October 21 -28, 2017 at the Grand Theatre de Quebec.


Gregory Dahl
sings the guileful Iago in Verdi’s OTELLO alongside Erin Wall, as Desdemona, Megan Latham, as Emilia and Thomas Goerz, as Lodovico.  Performances with the Vancouver Opera are on April 26, 28, May 4, and 6. 


Filumena, which will run Feb. 4, 8 and 10, will be relaunched in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Since its world première in 2003, Filumena has become the most-produced grand Canadian opera. In 2003, Gregory Dahl was the first performer to sing Carlo, he returns as the protagonist Emilio. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull will return to the role of his wife, Maria. 


“Si puo? Signore!” from Pagliacci by Leoncavallo