Dawn Padula, 
                           mezzo-soprano
Diane Windeler, San Antonio Express-News, Guest Solo Artist with the Alamo City Men’s Chorale:
"Guest artist was velvety-voiced mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula. . . . The centerpiece of the concert, following Padula’s solo set of Brahms, Strauss and Schubert lieder, was Brahms’ magnificent ‘Alto Rhapsody.’ . . . . Padula brought heartfelt clarity to its soaring lines. . . . her reading was emotional and effective.  Padula revealed a delightful flair for cabaret style – and a gift for acting – in novelty songs by William Bolcom and Mary Rodgers.  A lush arrangement of ‘Ye Banks and Braes’ for choir and the mezzo’s floating obbligato brought the concert to a close…”

 

D.L. Groover, Houston Press, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly:

“The two supporting roles of Sharpless, the American counsel who can't bring himself to tell Butterfly of Pinkerton's betrayal, and Suzuki, Butterfly's sympathetic confidant, were sung with depth and conviction by Yoon-Sang Lee and Dawn Padula."

 

D.L. Groover, Houston Press, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro:

“Dawn Padula, in the trouser role of Cherubino, the page who lusts after the Countess, suavely maneuvers through his/her arias.”

 

Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, Ragonde in Le Comte Ory:

“Dawn Padula and Matthew Burns made strong contributions in the smaller roles of Ragonde and Le Gouverneur.”


D. L. Groover, Houston Press, Mercedes in Carmen:

“The supporting cast is exceptional, especially bandit leader Brian Shircliffe and Carmen’s two confreres, Eileen Schlesinger-Benvegnu and Dawn Padula.”

 

Chip Chandler, Amarillo Globe-News, Maddalena in Rigoletto:

“Amarillo Opera brought grand opera, back on Friday in a magnificent way with its stirring production of ‘Rigoletto.’ . . . Other highlights included the especially intense Matthew Trevino as Sparafucile, the huge-voiced Dawn Padula as Maddalena and the charming John Sauvey as Marullo.”

 

Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri:

“Isabella is a thoroughly modern woman, whom mezzo-soprano Dawn M. Padula depicted with nice aplomb and increasingly secure vocal presence at Monday’s final performance in the UH opera house.  As the action shifts into high mayhem, Isabella gets an increasingly demanding part that stretches to the extremes of range and, in between, sends the voice ricocheting up and down the scales.”


Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle, Erika in Vanessa:

“Mezzo-soprano Dawn M. Padula was the niece, who suddenly becomes a rival when Anatol arrives. . . . Padula painted an earnest, anguished Erika who simply can’t fathom what Anatol’s love really is about.”

 

Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle, Bellino in Casanova’s Homecoming:

“Leading the secondary roles were Brian Shircliffe (Lorenzo, a priest and friend of Casanova), Dawn M. Padula (Bellino) and Jason R. Ogan (the Marquis de L’Isle).  Each performed with fine vocal tone and the broad dramatic gestures needed for the opera’s outlandish comedy.”


Charles Parsons, American Record Guide, Bellino in Newport Classics Recording of Casanova’s Homecoming:

“The performance is an excellent one. . . . Padula makes some dark, lovely sounds as the castrato Bellino.”


Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle, The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas:

“Mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula snarled and vamped as the Sorceress.”

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