Known for her lyricism and expressiveness Shannon Kessler Dooley, is quickly gaining a reputation for herself in the operatic world, as a soprano to watch.  Career highlights have  included;  Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly) with First Coast Opera, Erie Chamber Oerchestra, and Quisisana Resort; Mimì (La Bohème) with Opera Theater of Connecticut, covering the roles of Alice (Le Comte Ory) and Biancofiore (Francesca da Rimini) at The Metropolitan Opera, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) with Erie Chamber Orchestra, Barbara in the world premier of Night of the Living Dead with Microscopic Opera; Micaëla (Carmen) Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Quisisana Resort; Narcissa (Philemon and Baucis) with the Spoleto Festival USA; Sister Constance (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Almirena (Rinaldo), Liù (cover) (Turandot), Nannetta (Falstaff), Lucia (Rape of Lucretia), Frasquita (Carmen) and Susanna (cover) (Le Nozze di Figaro) all with Pittsburgh Opera; Marselline (Fidelio), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) Clorinda (Cenerentola) with Utah Opera.  Other operatic credits include Rosalinda (Die  Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and Beth (Little Women). Looking forward to 2015-2016 season Mrs. Dooley will be performing the role of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Erie Chamber Orchestra, as well as reviving the role of Barbara in Night of the Living Dead.  She also looks forward to performing scenes from La Bohème with First Coast Opera.

Mrs. Dooley’s concert credits include Mozart Requiem with both Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic; Beethoven 9th Symphony with both Mansfield Symphony and Butler County Symphony, Lord Nelson Mass with Erie Chamber Orchestra; Season Preview Concert with Pittsburgh Symphony; Solveig in Peer Gynt, under the baton of Keith Lockhart, soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah both with Utah Symphony; and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Erie Philharmonic and as a guest artist with Webster University Symphony.  Seizing the opportunity to perform art song when and were ever she can Mrs. Dooley has performed recitals all over the country and the world including “Live from the Garden” on 99.1 the local classical station in St. Louis, Nice and Aix en Provence, France.  While working on developing her art song skill Mrs. Dooley has worked with the likes of Dalton Baldwin, John Moriarty, and Robin Bowman, all of which specialize in French Mélodie.

Mrs. Dooley was the second place winner of the Mildred Miller International Competition, and third place winner in the Annapolis Opera Competition, Utah District winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council Competition, and received an encouragement award at the Regional level.  While in St. Louis where she earned her bachelors degree Mrs. Dooley won the Artist Presentation Society Artist of the Year.

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