September 12, 2017Steal a Pencil for MePerformance calendar for the first part of the 2017-18 is set and it includes a project very dear to me. Opera Colorado has decided to premiere Gerald Cohen's Steal a Pencil for Me, the true story of Jaap and Inna Polak's love within the confines and perils of a World War II concentration, and beyond. It is a tremendous honor for me to be able to give life to the role of Jaap and I look forward to sharing this piece! More information about the piece and production can be found in the link below. Ticket and performance information can be found under the 'Calendar' section....read more
November 1, 2016Don Pasquale is a big hit!The Observer says, "Baritone Gideon Dabi was big of voice and gesture as Dr. Malatesta — the engineer of the plot to dupe Pasquale — in his beautifully sung aria and duets with Norina and Pasquale. Both Dabi and Nistico were outstanding in the machine-gun patter of their Act 3 duet, which received a welcome encore — cleverly added to the staging."
Come see Don Pasquale at Sarasota Opera! Link for information and tickets under the 'Calendar' section....read more
July 25, 2016Sarasota Opera: The Return!I'm so thrilled to finally be able to announce that I will be returning to Sarasota Opera to sing Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale! Ticket information and dates can be found under the Calendar section....read more
November 9, 2015Sarasota Opera "season starts with a winner" - Herald TribuneThe reviews for our production of La Boheme at Sarasota Opera are in and they are glowing! The Observer says, "Gideon Dabi as Schaunard...rounded out the quartet of Bohemians with focused sounds and characterizations." Don't miss it! Ticket information available under the 'Calendar' section of this site....read more
September 18, 2015Flying South for the Fall!Well, it's off to Sarasota, Florida, for the next month and a half to sing Schaunard. This is my fifth or sixth production of Boheme, but only my second not doing Marcello. And about time! Then, in December, I return to Charlottesville - yet again! - for Amahl and the Night Visitors. Cheers!
July 25, 2014Merola Grand FinaleJoin me and some of the most wonderful and talented colleagues for an evening of opera highlights performed by the Merola Opera Company and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Information for the event is now available in the Calendar section of the website. I certainly hope to see all of you there!http://www.merola.org
September 25, 2013Ash Lawn Opera: The Return, Part II!I'm happy to announce that I will be returning to Charlottesville, once again, to sing the role of Maximilian in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. It's not only great to return to such a fine company, but to sing alongside great friends, Emily Albrink and Blake Friedman! Dates and information can be found in the 'Calendar' section below!
December 15, 2012WQXR Names Ghosts of Versailles Among the Best of the YearThe New York Times' Classical station named Manhattan School of Music's production of Ghosts of Versailles among its Best of the Year - a tremendous honor! A truly collaborative and wonderful effort from all involved....read more
May 1, 2012Ghosts of Versailles a Huge Success!The reviews are in, and the MSM production of Ghosts of Versailles is a unanimous winner. The New York Times says "Gideon Dabi as Beaumarchais....[was] a standout...among a winning ensemble." Feast of Music's Michael Cirigliano II writes, "Beaumarchais was brilliantly played by Gideon Dabi, whose rich baritone traversed both the comedy and sadness of his character's journey." Lastly, SuperConductor's Paul Pelkonen writes, "Mr. Dabi was affecting as the poetic hero." Much more to come!
December 11, 2011Ghosts!Just days after our glowing review of Cosi fan tutte (see link below), I am proud to announce our next production, John Coriglianio's Ghosts of Versailles (directed by Jay Lesenger and conducted by Stephen Osgood), in which I will be singing Beaumarchais. Should be a great show with such a wonderfully talented production and musical staff (not to mention the singers)!...read more
Tue Jan 23 07:41I actually shook my head for half a minute after reading this. Incredible. https://t.co/CFCqq09pgq
Mon Jan 22 21:55Oof. Can’t do that. 😣 https://t.co/Ntj8oW9SwC
Baritone Gideon Dabi continues to receive great acclaim delivering "powerfully felt, beautifully performed and articulated" performances across a wide array of genres and styles. His "earnest interpretations" (Newsday, 7/15/05) thrilled audiences from his home State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, through the Music Festival of the Hamptons working with Norman Dello Joio, to Israel, Italy, and back again. This season, Gideon joined Sarasota Opera for their production of La Bohème (Schaunard) and Ash Lawn Opera for Amahl and the Night Visitors. In 2016, he returns to Sarasota Opera for a role debut of Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and to Ash Lawn Opera for Amahl and the Night Visitors and to sing the role of Sir James in the east coast premiere of Middlemarch in Spring.
Last season, Gideon returned to Ash Lawn Opera for Candide and Amahl and the Night Visitors, but not before joining the prestigious Merola Opera Company for Don Giovanni and the Schwabacher Summer Concerts. Recent engagements include Carousel and La bohème with Ash Lawn Opera, as well as singing Valentin in Faust and Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Trinity Moses) in Dona Vaughn's production of Aufstieg und der Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. Previously, Gideon appeared in the New York Times-voted "Best of the Year" production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles (directed by Jay Lesenger) for which Gideon was hailed by the New York Times as a "standout among a winning cast." Feast of Music said, "Beaumarchais was brilliantly played by Gideon Dabi, whose rich baritone traversed both the comedy and sadness of the character's journey." Also performed last season were the roles of Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Manhattan School of Music Opera (directed by Dona Vaughn, conducted by Israel Gursky), Valentin in Gounod's Faust (directed by Carol Castel), as well as several recitals. In 2011, Gideon was an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera, singing Verdi's Luisa Miller, Mozart's Magic Flute, and concerts with the Chautauqua Symphony under the direction of Stephen Osgood and Stuart Chafetz. His work with the company garnered him the prestigious Chautauqua Opera Guild Apprentice Artist Award. Singing with New York Lyric Opera, Gideon sang several leading roles such as Marcello (La bohème), the Count (Le nozze di Figaro), as well as Peter (Hansel and Gretel) under the baton of Stephen Crawford, Keith Chambers, and Tony Bellomy.
At the Boston University Opera Institute, Gideon had the honor of working with such fine directors as Sharon Daniels, Beth Greenberg, and Jim Petosa to sing the title role of Il barbiere di Siviglia, the baritone in Postcard from Morocco, and the unique honor of premiering Act II of Jorge Martin's Before Night Falls. While in Boston, Gideon graced the stage of Symphony Hall as soloist for Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra. A first-generation American fluent in Hebrew, Gideon was a soloist for Naxos' Grammy Award-winning Anthology of Jewish- American Composers recordings. Gideon received his undergraduate degree in Voice Performance from Rutgers University where he performed such roles as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Zuniga (Carmen), and Mr. Gobineau (The Medium). He received a Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music where he was heard as the Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) as well as the Earl of Dunmow in Lennox Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement for which the New York Times found him "very appealing."
"Gideon Dabi prepared the way for “Fiddler” and its moving ending with a powerfully felt, beautifully performed and articulated 'Lifetime.'"Anthony BannonThe Chautauquan Daily read more
"Don Alfonso [was] sung and played with great authority and power by Gideon Dabi."Howard KisselThe Huffington Post read more
"The playwright and Antoinette’s love interest, Beaumarchais, was brilliantly played by Gideon Dabi, whose rich baritone traversed both the comedy and sadness of his character’s journey."Michael CiriglianoFeast of Music read more
"Gideon Dabi as Beaumarchais....[was] a standout...among a winning ensemble."Anthony TommasiniThe New York Times read more
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Steal a Pencil for Me The Wolf Theatre at the MACC Denver, CO Jaap Polak click here for more info
MalatestaDon PasqualeSarasota Opera2016SchaunardLa BohemeSarasota Opera2015PageAmahl and the Night VisitorsAsh Lawn Opera2015PageAmahl and the Night VisitorsAndrea Dorf McGrayAsh Lawn Opera2014Don Giovanni*, Masetto*Don GiovanniJames Darrah/ Martin KatzMerola Opera Company2014MaximilianCandideAndrea McGrayAsh Lawn Opera2014Dreieinigkeitsmoses (Trinity Moses)Aufstieg und der Fall der Stadt MahagonnyDona Vaughn/ Kynan JohnsManhattan School of Music Opera2013ValentinFAUSTCarol Castel/ Thomas MuracoManhattan School of Music Opera2013BeaumarchaisThe Ghosts of VersaillesJay Lesenger/ Steven OsgoodManhattan School of Music Opera2012EnricoLucia di LammermoorLivia Sabag/ Thomas MuracoManhattan School of Music Opera2012Don AlfonsoCosi fan tutteDona D. Vaughn/ Israel GurskyManhattan School of Music Opera2011Papageno*ChorusThe Magic FluteDean Williamson/ Jay LesengerChautauqua Opera2011Miller*ChorusLuisa MillerJoseph Colaneri/ Jay LesengerChautauqua Opera2011CountLe Nozze di FigaroKeith ChambersNew York Lyric Opera2011MarcelloLa BohemeSteven CrawfordNew York Lyric Opera2010SchaunardLa BohemeDoug Han/ Dan Cardona Martha Cardona Theater2010AntonioLe Nozze di FigaroJoon Park/ Jennifer WilliamsOSH Opera2010FigaroIl Barbiere di SivigliaWilliam Lumpkin/ Sharon DanielsBoston University Opera Institute2008PapagenoThe Magic FluteWilliam Lumpkin/ Albert ShermanBoston University Opera Institute2008MarcelloLa BohemeWilliam Lumpkin/ Sharon DanielsBoston University Opera Institute2007Man with a shoe kit/BaritonePostcard From MoroccoWilliam Lumpkin/ James PetosaBoston University Opera Institute2007Reinaldo ArenasBefore Night Falls (J.Martin, world premiere)W Lumpkin/ Beth GreenbergBoston University Opera Institute2006Baron Zeta*The Merry WidowMark Graf/ Nick AlcottAsh Lawn Opera Festival2006Earl of DunmowA Dinner EngagementDavid Gilbert/ Rhoda LevineManhattan School of Music2006Marquis de la ForceDialogues des CarmelitesThomas Muraco/ Dona VaughnManhattan School of Music2006FalkeDie FledermausJudith FredericksOpera NY2003FigaroLe Nozze di FigaroWilliam Berz/ Laura AlleyRutgers Opera Company2001ZunigaCarmenRichard Auldon Clark/ Jay PouheRutgers Opera Company2000*denotes cover
CONCERT / RECITAL
Opera NJ Concert SeriesKeith Chambers2011Holiday Pops - (Boston Pops Christmas Concerts)Baritone SoloistBoston Pops/ K. Lockhart2007Carmina BuranaBaritone SoloistBoston University Tanglewood Institute Chorus2007IdomeneochorusMostly Mozart Festival1998Solo RecitalMusic Festival of the Hamptons
East Hampton, NY
EDUCATION / PROGRAMS
Young Artist (concert series)
2011Boston University, Opera Institute
2006-2008Manhattan School of Music
New York, NY
Master of Music
2004-2006Boston University, Tanglewood Institute
Professor (Voice and Theory)
Summer 2007Ash Lawn Music Festival
Ash Lawn, VA
2006Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University)
NJ, Bachelor of Music
REFERENCES / MENTORS
Mark Oswaldvoice teacher
Keith LockhartconductorSharon Danielsvoice teacher
William Lumpkinconductor/coachAllison Vothopera coachJohn KeanecoachThomas MuracocoachJay LesengerdirectorPatrick GardnerconductorNorman Dello JoiocoachDona Vaughnacting coach/directorCarol Rauschcoach/conductorKeith Chamberscoach, conductor
Chautauqua Opera Guild Apprentice Artist Award
GRAMMY AWARD winner (2005 Classical Producer of the Year) (NAXOS)
Anthology of Jewish-American Composers
Symphony No. 5