Opera Lively has interviewed mezzo Dawn Pierce, who sang the role of Olga in our partners Opera Carolina's production of Eugene Onegin in Charlotte, NC, on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 12]
Her voice quality has been described as “deep liquid velvet.” Dawn’s favorite performances are those in which she portrays strong and heroic women. Her present repertoire includes Carmen, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Charlotte (Werther). On the operatic stage she recently performed as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), The Contessa di Coigny and Madelon (Andrea Chenier), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), and Jo (Little Women). She is equally comfortable in musical theatre where she portrayed Franca (The Light in the Piazza), The Grand Duchess (The Student Prince), and Anita (West Side Story). Please visit her website at www.dawnpierce.com
She is a graduate of the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winstom-Salem, NC, and an alumna of Dr. Marilyn Taylor, an institution and educator featured in other articles on Opera Lively (such as here
, and here
). Ms. Pierce earned there a Summa Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Performing Artist Certificate in Opera.