DASHON BURTON

— Bass-baritone —

PRESS

 

"Dashon Burton had the pleasure of ending the second night, and demonstrated his prowess with electronics. A founding member of Roomful of Teeth, Burton’s scope ranges from the folk song simplicity of works by David Hurd and Jake Endres, to the hallucinatory world of Georges Aperghis and “Gemini” from Stockhausen’s Tierkreis—all with the singer standing, navigating a laptop to alter his timbres. In between came the world premiere of Burton’s Light Year, handsomely showing off his deep tone against bubbling ostinatos and siren-like rising and falling glissandos."
-Seen and Heard International

"The solo portions were sung by bass-baritone Dashon Burton, whose dark, velvety voice, perfect throughout his range, was suffused with emotion..."
- The Reading Eagle

"Dashon Burton’s deep, voluminous bass was both commanding and subtle in Bach’s solo cantata, Ich habe genug (I have enough), a devout man’s prayer for death.  Bringing compelling drama to the recitatives, Burton could also assay the nimble coloratura, his trills executed with accuracy. For all the power of his instrument, Burton displayed great sensitivity and control. In the aria “Schlummert ein,” he shaped the noble melodic line with sensitivity, delivered with fierce dramatic declamation in the central section and sang the final reprise in a soft, gentle manner. Burton’s varied dynamics, shading and ease of vocal production brought great poignancy to Bach’s plea for solace." - South Florida Classical Review

"The bass Dashon Burton sang with nobility and rich tone."   — The New York Times

"Then came the biggest surprise: the young bass Dashon Burton outshining the trumpet in The Trumpet Shall Sound, his enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable of doing what he was singing about, that is, raising the dead."     — The Wall Street Journal

"Bass-baritone Dashon Burton...is possessed of a clarion D that served him well in "The trumpet shall sound.""  — The New York Times

 

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"The estimable bass-baritone Dashon Burton more than filled the relatively small role of Lucifer." - "Santa Rosalia" New York Times, June 2, 2017

"The stentorius preacher / interlocutor / prophet of bass-baritone Dashon Burton led us across the deep river to the promised campground." - "Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time" The Boston Musical Intelligencer, April 23, 2017

"Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; Nathaniel Gumbs, piano (Acis). Mr. Burton is a beloved fixture of the New York choral scene, and it is always a pleasure to hear him step out in solos. In this superb collection of songs and spirituals, he reveals his personality more fully. Mr. Gumbs provides excellent support, but it si Mr. Burton's unaccompanied version of the crucifixion anthem "He Never Said a Mumblin' Word" that will live with you longest." - "Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome" New York Times, December 15, 2016

"...in the “Quoniam tu solus” of Dashon Burton, an appealing singer with a clear baritonal top and a warmth that signals potential deepening of his lower register. His “Et in spiritum sanctum” was a highlight." - "Bach Mass in B minor" with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Post, May 27, 2016

" As Jesus, Burton brought a deep and rich tone to the tragic role, and was especially moving when he sang "My soul is grieved to the point of death; stay here and keep watch with me." " - "St. Matthew Passion" at Baldwin Wallace, CLEVELAND.com, April 18, 2016

"Dashon Burton’s commanding bass-baritone resounded through the sanctuary in imposing fashion as he told of the last trumpet sounding and the dead being raised.  With firm low notes and a rich timbre, Burton brought powerful declamation and real expressive drama to Brahms’ dark and powerful setting of this text." - "Brahms Requiem" with Seraphic Fire, South Florida Classical Review, April 9, 2016

"...the deep, sonorous voice of Dashon Burton, in the role of Moses, is enough to make you love him, even though he’s supposed to be the villain."
- "A Marvelous Order", THE WILLIAMS RECORD, March 16, 2016

"Burton, blessed with a voice that glows from bottom to top, projected intimacy, even in the imposing space of the Great Choir. He seemed to delight in the text and did not hesitate to whisper in the moments of greatest intensity. He used his considerable power sparingly, but it was clear that there was a lot there." - "Die Winterreise" with Diderot String Quartet,  THE WASHINGTON POST, January 17, 2016

"Dashon Burton made an immediate impression in Part 1. His deep bass-baritone grabbed the ear and his expert diction made every word of the scriptures come to life in his first air: "But who may abide the day of His Coming." " - "Messiah" with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJ.COM, December 22, 2015

"Bass-baritone Dashon Burton raised the dead during a standout “The trumpet will sound,” slowly folding in ever more intensity and warmth, matching brilliance with Robin Pyle’s resounding Baroque trumpet and provoking sudden applause." - "Messiah" with Boston Baroque, THE BOSTON GLOBE, December 14, 2015

"Bass-baritone Dashon Burton’s deep low notes and smooth projection confirmed the strong impression he made last season in a Bach cantata with Seraphic Fire." - Mozart Requiem with Seraphic Fire, SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW, October 24, 2015

"The musicians gave superb voice to this music. Dashon Burton (bass-baritone) was spine-chilling in his powerful rendition, clear enunciation, and forthright delivery." - "The Creation" with Handel and Haydn Society, THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER, October 7, 2015

"Dashon Burton also proved a stalwart presence, kicking off the vocal festivities with booming force" - Cleveland Orchestra, CLEVELAND.COM, July 13, 2015

"...the stand-out of the group, Dashon Burton, who not only sang the bass arias but took on the important role of Pontius Pilate" - Spoletto Festival, POST AND COURIER, June 4, 2015

"...bass-baritone Dashon Burton made a memorable debut in the bass recitative and aria. Displaying a commanding presence, he easily handled its long, florid passages and an expressive voice." - May Festival, CLEVELAND.COM, May 30, 2015

"In “Otherwise” (2012), also by Mr. Wells, a septet does the choral equivalent of beatboxing behind the bass-baritone Dashon Burton’s powerful, melismatic line." - Roomful of Teeth, NEW YORK TIMES, January 6, 2015

“Members of the choir ably took the smaller roles, most notably Dashon Burton, who brought sinister weight to the Ghost of Samuel and his prophecy of doom” - "Saul" with Trinity Choir, WALL STREET JOURNAL, January 5, 2015

"Dashon Burton, a bass-baritone, was typically stellar and mightily imposing as the Ghost of Samuel"
-"Saul" with Trinity Wall Street, NEW YORK TIMES, January 4, 2015

"Bass-baritone Dashon Burton...was the vocal discovery of the season. He navigated deep and difficult passages with power and clarity, and each word was shaped with meaning. The darkness he achieved in 'The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light,' was stunning. And what a joy it was to hear 'The trumpet shall sound,'..." - "Messiah" with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, CINCINATTI ENQUIRER, December 22, 2014

“Dashon Burton [was a] standout... Burton sang with a magnetic mix of gravitas, dramatic focus, and sheer vocal power.“   - "Messiah" with the Boston Baroque, THE BOSTON GLOBE, December 14, 2014

"...bass-baritone Dashon Burton’s deep low notes and smooth projection confirmed the strong impression he made last season in a Bach cantata with Seraphic Fire" - Mozart Requiem with Seraphic Fire, SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICAL REVIEW, October 24, 2015

“Burton also does an excellent job with a fiendishly difficult bass part. As fine as their individual performances are, it is their chemistry as a duo that ensures the success of the cycle.“   - Recording: Laitman‘s Holocaust 1944, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, October 1, 2014

“Bass-baritone Dashon Burton attacked consonants strongly in an aria and duet and as Pilate.“   - St. Mark Passion at Oregon Bach Festival, THE OREGONIAN, July 3, 2014

“Dashon Burton made a forceful impression with his ringing bass-baritone and stunning delivery of the aria ‘Honor and arms scorn such a foe‘.“   - Handel‘s Samson w/ Haydn & Handel Society, THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER, May 4, 2014

“Dashon Burton’s booming bass voice made for a burly and threatening presence as the Philistine giant Harapha. He and Ellicott traded their Act 3 recitatives with enough aggression to suit the pre-fight banter of a championship bout.“   - Handel‘s Samson w/ Haydn & Handel Society, BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW, May 3, 2014

“The performance was excellent. The rising baritone Dashon Burton sang Jesus with proper restraint.“   - Arvo Pärt‘s Passio at Carnegie Hall, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 25, 2014

“Bass Dashon Burton, who stood out for his diction and intense delivery, sang the opening to this segment as a call to arms, urging spiritual brothers to march alongside him.“   - Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Charlotte Symphony, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, May 10, 2013

“...The lead singer, baritone Dashon Burton, was the standout. He has a clarion instrument (and great diction) that projects well throughout his range...Overall, a splendid, dramatic performance.“   - Elijah, Bach Choir of Bethlehem, THE WASHINGTON POST, March 14, 2013

“But most imposing was the bass Dashon Burton. He was especially impressive in that first cantata, where he added power to power in the aria ‘Great lord, O mighty king,‘ supplying vivid ornamentation and giving full weight to the rhetorical grandeur.“   - Bach‘s Christmas Oratorio, St. Paul‘s Chapel, THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 6, 2013

“The evening‘s greatest rewards came from the vocal soloists, who brought the performances of two of Bach‘s sacred works - Cantata No. 63, ‘Christen, ätzet diesen Tag‘ and the ‘Magnificat‘ - to a high level of tonal splendor and reflective depth...Burton‘s agile, full-bodied singing lent a rhythmic spring...“   - Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, December 19, 2012

Dashon Burton’s booming noble “steigt fröhlich himmelan und danket Gott vor dies, was er getan!” (climb joyfully heavenwards and thank God for this, that He has done!) concluded, the final chorus began and everyone collectively wished that the cantata would never end.“   - Bach Cantata 63 "Christen, ätzen diesen Tag", Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, STARK I, December 15, 2012

“The bass Dashon Burton sang with nobility and rich tone.“   - Handel‘s "St. Matthew Passion, Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 9, 2012

"The chorus and instrumentalists were vivid enough to make up for soloists who, while clearly singing from the heart, were mostly just competent. The exceptions were saved for the final part: the soprano Jolle Greenleaf, who sang a floating, humane "I know that my redeemer liveth," and the bass-baritone Dashon Burton, who is possessed of a clarion D that served him well in "The trumpet shall sound."   - Handel‘s "Messiah, Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra, THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 21, 2011

"Then came the biggest surprise: the young bass Dashon Burton outshining the trumpet in "The trumpet shall sound," his enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable of doing what he was singing about, that is, raising the dead. The members of the orchestra and the choir looked as delighted by it as the audience was."   - Handel‘s "Messiah, Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, December 15, 2011

"Cantus made a luminous thing of the evolving harmonies and dynamics in Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque" and added robust lilt to the spiritual "What I Have Done," with baritone Dashon Burton as robust soloist."   - Cantus concert review, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, May 29, 2008