Dawn Kotoski-Shicoff has performed in many of the world’s great opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opera Bastille Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Teatro Real Madrid, Opernhaus Zurich, Opera du Rhin Strasbourg, Bilbao Opera, Oper Köln, Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Calgary Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, and others. Some of her signature roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, Zdenka in Arabella, Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La bohème, Sophie in Werther, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Partenope in Partenope, Anastasio in Giustino, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, and Jemmy in Guillaume Tell.
Dawn has made several orchestral appearances which include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Avery Fisher Hall with Musica Sacra and Mostly Mozart Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall, Zuricher Tonhalle Orchester, Orchester der Oper Köln and has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Marcello Viotti, Fabio Luisi, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnányi, Franz Welser-Möst, David Zinman, Robert Shaw, Gustav Kuhn, Vladimir Jurowski, Gerard Schwarz, Paolo Carignani, Antonello Allemandi, Nicholas McGegan, John Nelson, Yoel Levi. Recording appearances include “Acis and Galatea” on Delos Records, “Giustino” on Harmonia Mundi, “Werther” on RCA Records, “La Sonnambula” on Nightingale Classics, and “Guillaume Tell” from the Vienna State Opera on Orfeo Records.
Dawn held a private voice studio in Vienna, Austria, where she lived until 2015, and has been a guest teacher with the Bolshoi Theatre Young Artist Program in Moscow, the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Chautauqua Summer Music Festival, University of Cape Town, Dresden Semperoper; Castleton Festival in Virginia, and the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. She was an Adjunct Professor at Shenandoah Conservatory and is currently lecturer at Rutgers University.
After receiving her BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music, Dawn entered the Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artist’s Development program from 1987-91 and was the winner of the Young Concert Artists competition. She is a George London grant winner, as well as, the recipient of the Orchestra New England’s Soloist Prize.