Praised in Opera Now for her “angelic lyric soprano voice,” Charlotte Dobbs made her European debut in 2009 as Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims at the Pesaro Rossini Festival and first appeared with Chicago Opera Theater as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito with Jane Glover in a new Christopher Alden production. She has sung the role of the
Governess in the Chateauville Foundation’s The Turn of the Screw conducted by Lorin Maazel, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro with Curtis Opera Theater and Juno in La calisto at Juilliard. Her operatic roles also include Amina in La sonnambula, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Nuria in _Ainadamar+, Iphigenie in Aulide and Elettra in Idomeneo.
Dobbs made her Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall debuts in Nielsen’s Third Symphony with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra
in 2008 and last year made her Colorado Symphony Orchestra
debut in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Jeffrey Kahane. She has appeared in a concert performance of Dido and Aeneas with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and has been featured at the New York Festival of Song and the Marlboro Music Festival. An avid performer of new music, she has premiered works by John King, John Halle, Matthew Suttor, Snorri Sigfús Birgisson, Mark Dancigers and Timothy Andres, and was featured on the “21st Century Liederabend” at the Kitchen this spring in Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses.
In recent years, she has participated in master classes with
Alberto Zedda, Wolfgang Holzmair, Matthew Polenzani and Dawn
Upshaw. Born in Boston, she considers her musical birthplace
Emmanuel Music, that city’s venerable Bach ensemble. She received an M.M. from both Juilliard and Curtis and a B.A. from Yale, where she studied modernist literature and musicology.