Dashon Burton


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.
— The New York Times

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), bass-baritone Dashon Burton finished off the 2014/15 season singing Bach's Mass in B minor at the Bethlehem Bach Festival, the 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. In summer 2015 he returned to the Cleveland Orchestra to open the Blossom Music Festival in a performance of Beethoven 9 conducted by Franz Welser-Möst followed by several weeks with the Carmel Bach Festival singing the role of Jesus in the St. John Passion, and Sarastro in The Magic Flute.

The final behind-the-scenes look at The Cleveland Orchestra's production of Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen. Dashon Burton (Parson/Badger)

Burton's 2015/16 season includes performances of the title role in Elijah, two subscription weeks of Belshazzar's Feast, the Mozart Requiem in a return to Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Bach's b minor Mass with the Baltimore Symphony and Nicholas McGegan and with the Bach Society of St. Louis, and Jesus in the St. Matthew Passion at the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival in Berea, Ohio. In December, he sings Messiahs with the New Jersey Symphony, Boston Baroque, and the Kansas City Symphony, where he ends the season in June 2016 in a re-engagement for performances of Beethoven 9 with Music Director Michael Stern.  

In recent seasons, Dashon 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 Samson. He has toured Europe in the St. John Passion with Christoph Pregardien's Le Concert de Lorraine and recently sang the role of Jupiter in Les Talents Lyrique's production of Castor and Pollux with Christoph Rousset in Toulouse. Key to his repertoire are Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passions and the B minor Mass; Elijah, Messiahs, Beethoven 9, and the Mozart Requiem, which he has sung from Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco to the Cincinnati and Charlotte Symphonies to the Strathmore Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. In the St. Matthew Passion, he has toured Italy with Maasaki Suzuki and the Yale Schola Cantorum and with the NNSO in the Netherlands. At Carnegie, Dashon also sang in Zankel Hall in Arvo Pärt’s Passion with Ensemble ACJW. 

In 2012, Burton brought home prizes from the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the 49th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. These awards followed his First Place wins in both the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York's Competition and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's Competition for Young American Singers.

He began his professional studies at Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, he was invited to join Cantus, a professional men's classical vocal ensemble based in Minneapolis known for its concerts and collaborations with such organizations and artists as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the James Sewell Ballet and Bobby McFerrin.

After his tenure with Cantus ended in 2009, Burton entered Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied vocal literature including Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Mendelssohn's Elijah under tenor James Taylor. He received his Master of Music degree in 2011.

In addition to his work in early music, Mr. Burton is an avid performer of new music and has premiered works by Edie Hill and William Brittelle. He is a founding member of Roomful of Teeth (under the direction of Brad Wells), a vocal ensemble devoted to new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques. Burton tours internationally with Roomful of Teeth, which was the recipient of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small ensemble performance. He has recently recorded Lori Laitman's Holocaust 1944, a song cycle for baritone and double bass on the Acis Productions label. 

(October 2015. Please discard previously dated materials and contact publicity@colbertartists.com before making any alterations or cuts.)