DASHON BURTON

— Bass-baritone —

Praised for his "nobility and rich tone," (The New York Times) and his "enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable ... [of] raising the dead;" (Wall Street Journal),

The 2015-16 season for Bass-Baritone Dashon Burton includes performances of the title role in Elijah, two subscription weeks of Belshazzar's Feast with the Charleston Symphony, Mozart's Requiem in a return to Boson's Handel and Haydn Society, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Baltimore Symphony and the Bach Society of St. Louis, and the role of Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival in Berea, Ohio. In December, he sings Handel's Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony, Boston Baroque, and the Kansa City Symphony, where he will return in June 2016 for performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under the baton of Music Director Michael Stern. Burton capped off last season singing Bach's Mass in B Minor ant the Bethlehem Bach Festival, Messiah with I Solisti in Italy, Bach cantatas at the Cincinnati May Festival, and the bass arias in the St. Matthew Passion at the Spoleto USA Festival. This past summer, he appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra to open the Blossom Music Festival in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Burton also spent several weeks at the Carmel Bach Festival singing the role of Jesus in the St. John Passion and Sarastro in Mozart's Magic Flute. 

In recent seasons, Burton debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen led by Franz Welser-Möst; also with Boston's Handel and Haydn Society in their production of Handel's Samson. He has toured Europe in Bach's St. John Passion with Christoph Pregardien's Le Concert Lorrain, and he sang the role of Jupiter in Les Talents Lyrique's production of Castor and Pollux with Christophe Rousset in Toulouse, France. 

Burton is also an avid performer of new music, and has premiered works of Christopher Cerrone, Caroline Shaw, William Brittelle, and Judd Greenstein. He is a founding member of the internationally touring chamber ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Devoted To performing new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques, the group received a Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance" in 2014. 

Burton earned his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and his master's degree from Yale University