The Canadian mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson, a former member of the Opera Studio, is embarking on her second season as a member of the ensemble, during which she can be heard as the Turnspit in a revival of Rusalka, Milli in Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound and Mrs Nolan in Menotti's The Medium - both new productions – and repeat her wonderful portrayal of Goffredo in Rinaldo. Other roles with which she has thrilled audiences in Frankfurt have included Angelina (La Cenerentola), Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Tebaldo (Don Carlo) and roles in new productions of Křenek's Das geheime Königreich / The Secret Realm and Britten's Paul Bunyan. Other engagements have included Scarlatti's Erminia and Emilia (Catone in Uttica) with Opera Lafayette in the Kennedy Center Washington, where she appeared in recital, as she did in the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Other operatic work has taken this young singer to Theater Chemnitz, Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival. Julia Dawson has enjoyed success in competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and received the George London Foundation Award and 2016 Anny-Schlemm-Prize.