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” have thrilled audiences throughout the United States, to Israel, Italy, and back again. This season, Gideon sings
Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Columbus as well as the studio recording of Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil For Me, which he premiered with Opera Colorado. Last season, Gideon made his company and role debut with the Northern Lights Music Festival as Dandini and repeated the role in his company debut with
Annapolis Opera. He was a featured singer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and has done multiple engagements with American Opera Projects. He was recently invited to perform on American Lyric Theater’s Alumni Celebration Concert, in which he was heard singing the music of Gerald Cohen and Clint Borzoni. In
the 2018-19 Season, he returned to The Dallas Opera as Schaunard in La bohème, following his debut with the company in Carmen as Morales the previous season. He has spent multiple seasons with Sarasota Opera where he has been heard as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and as Schaunard. With Charlottesville Opera, he has
appeared in Candide as Maximilian, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and sung the role of Sir James in the east coast premiere of Middlemarch in Spring. He made his Tulsa Opera debut in 2019-20 in Carmen as Morales. Additionally, he can be heard every week on the video podcast and talkshow, "Dabi and Costello," with cohost
and tenor Stephen Costello.
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 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 master’s 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.”
In the 2017-18 season, he made his debut with Opera Colorado in the world premiere of Gerald Cohen’s Steal a Pencil for Me and sang Morales in Carmen with the Rochester Philharmonic. Gideon was a member of the Merola Opera Company in 2014 singing Sharpless. Other recent engagements include Valentin in Faust as well as 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.” 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.
"Gideon Dabi was big of voice and gesture as Dr. Malatesta....outstanding."
Edward Alley Your Observer
"Gideon Dabi prepared the way for “Fiddler” and its moving ending with a powerfully felt, beautifully performed and articulated 'Lifetime.'"
Anthony Bannon The Chautauquan Daily
"Don Alfonso [was] sung and played with great authority and power by Gideon Dabi."
Howard Kissel The Huffington Post
"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 Cirigliano Feast of Music
"Gideon Dabi as Beaumarchais....[was] a standout...among a winning ensemble."
Anthony Tommasini The New York Times
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Opera Colorado: Inna Dukach (Ina) and Gideon Dabi (Jaap) in Stea
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