Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek. download

Dashon Burton

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Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career appearing regularly throughout the US and Europe. Highlights of his 2022/2023 season include returns to the Cleveland Orchestra for Schubert Mass No. 6 with Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall, and to the New York Philharmonic for Michael Tilson Thomas’ Rilke Songs led by the composer. Debut appearances this season include Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Milwaukee Symphony led by Ken-David Masur, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with the Houston Symphony and Juraj Valčuha, the world premiere of Chris Cerrone’s The Year of Silence with the Louisville Orchestra led by Teddy Abrams, and the Dvorak Requiem with the Richmond Symphony. Mr. Burton continues his relationship with San Francisco Performances as an Artist-in-Residence with appearances at venues and educational institutions throughout the Bay Area.

A multiple award-winning singer, Mr. Burton won his second Grammy Award in March 2021 for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album with his performance featured in Dame Ethyl Smyth’s masterwork The Prison with The Experiential Orchestra (Chandos). As an original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble
Roomful of Teeth, he won his first Grammy Award for their inaugural recording of all new commissions.

His other recordings include Songs of Struggle & Redemption: We Shall Overcome (Acis), the Grammy-nominated recording of Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road (Naxos); Holocaust, 1944 by Lori Laitman (Acis); and Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. His album of spirituals
garnered high praise and was singled out by the New York Times as “profoundly moving…a beautiful and lovable disc.”

Mr. Burton received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. He is an assistant professor of voice at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.

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“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

"... watching him sing feels like looking directly at the sun — he is alight with the spirit of the music."

The Boston Globe

“The bass Dashon Burton sang with nobility and rich tone.”

The New York Times

“Bass-baritone Dashon Burton...is possessed of a clarion D that served him well in “The trumpet shall sound.”

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Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Photo by Tatiana Daubek.

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