Director of Vocal Studies
School of Music
Mezzo-soprano Dawn Padula has performed many of the major operatic roles, including Carmen (Carmen), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), The Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), the Gingerbread Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Meg (Falstaff), and Mercedes (Carmen). Padula has performed extensively as a soloist in oratorios, including Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabeus, and Israel in Egypt; Penderecki’s Credo; and in orchestral pieces, such as the requiems of Mozart and Duruflé, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. In 2017 she released the album Gracious Moonlight, with Tanya Stambuk, piano, and Catherine Case, harp. Among her many singing roles, Padula has performed with Houston Grand Opera; Tacoma Opera; Houston Symphony Orchestra; Oregon Symphony Orchestra; Portland Symphonic Choir; Amarillo Opera; Lyric Opera Northwest; Alamo City Men’s Chorale; Opera in the Heights, of Houston; Living Opera Company, of Dallas; Masterworks Chorus, of Houston; Seattle Bach Choir; Bay Area Chorus, of Houston; and the Foundation for Modern Music.
B.A., B.M., Trinity University, 1997, 1997; M.M., Manhattan School of Music, 1999; D.M.A., University of Houston, 2004