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 will perform these works and others with the Minnesota and National Arts Centre Orchestras, the St. Louis and San Francisco Symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  A frequent guest of the Cleveland Orchestra, this season Burton sings Michael Tilson Thomas’ Rilke Songs there,  led by the composer.  In the fall, Dashon sings the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners (a part written by Shaw specifically for Burton), first with the Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan, and then with Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony, where he also sings Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in May.

Opera engagements include 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 continues as a Resident Artist this season with San Francisco Performances, and sings 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.

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career in opera, recital, and with orchestra. In key elements of his repertoire  — Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew 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.

Dashon Burton’s 19/20 season began with returns to the Carmel Bach Festival and the Salzburg Festival. He sings the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners (a part written by Shaw specifically for Burton), first in a season-opening performance with the Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan (frequent partners with Burton), and then with Grant Llewelyn and the North Carolina Symphony, where Burton also sings Beethoven Symphony No. 9. He sings Michael Tilson Thomas’s Rilke Songs with the Cleveland Orchestra (with whom he appears regularly), led by the composer. He reunites with MTT at the San Francisco Symphony in May 2020, and returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem. Other highlights include the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by Masaaki Suzuki (a former teacher of Burton’s); Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with A Far Cry; the Mozart Requiem with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; a European tour with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (including an appearance at the 2020 Bachfest in Leipzig); and Handel’s Messiah for a debut with the New York Philharmonic. Dashon Burton is in the Bay Area throughout 19/20 for the second year of a multi-season stint as a San Francisco Performances Resident Artist.

Widely regarded for his fluency in new music, Burton has sung Michael Tippet’s A Child of our Time at Harvard, performances and the debut recording of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare, Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road at Carnegie Hall, and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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

Burton’s album, Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome, was singled out by the New York Times as “profoundly moving…a beautiful and lovable disc.” He has performed a recital program based on the album at the Ravinia Festival, for San Francisco Performances, and this season in Louisville, and at St. Johns College. He is an original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, with whom he tours internationally, and won a Grammy for their recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prizewinning Partita for 8 Voices.

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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.”

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

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“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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