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

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Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career in opera, recital, and with orchestra.  In key elements of his repertoire  — Bach’s  Passions and the B minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven 9, the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem – Dashon is a frequent guest with the major orchestras of the United States, Europe, and Japan.

In the 2019/20 season, he performed these works and others with the Minnesota and National Arts Centre Orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  A frequent guest of the Cleveland Orchestra, he sang Michael Tilson Thomas’ Rilke Songs there,  led by the composer.  In the fall of 2019, Dashon sang the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners (a part written by Shaw specifically for Burton), with the Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan.

Opera engagements have included Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Dijon and Paris and Jupiter in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux with Les Talens Lyriques;  Strauss’ Salome at the Salzburg Festival (led by Franz Welser-Möst in a production by Romeo Castellucci), and Peter Sellars’s production of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, un ritual de mort at Paris’ Théatre de la Ville.

Burton continued as a Resident Artist in the 2019/2020 season with San Francisco Performances, and sang recitals throughout the US, including a program based on works from his album Songs and Struggles of Redemption;  We Shall Overcome,  singled out by The New York Times as “profoundly moving…a beautiful and lovable disc.” Dashon is an original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, with whom he won a Grammy for their recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prizewinning Partita for 8 Voices.  In March of 2021, Burton won his second Grammy, this time for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Dame Ethyl Smyth’s The Prison with The Experiential Orchestra on Chandos.

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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

“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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