"...Burton’s account of “The trumpet shall sound” was the high point of the evening, delivered with sovereign certitude and the fervor of a revivalist preacher. It was an astonishingly stirring piece of singing, and one that will live long in the memory."
- Terry Blaine, STAR TRIBUNE, December 18, 2016
Dashon Burton closed out 2016 singing Handel's Messiah with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony, and Beethoven 9 with the Oregon Symphony on New Year's Eve. Dashon achieved yet another milestone at year's end, with James R. Oestreich of The New York Times, naming Dashon's album, Songs of Struggle and Redemption, one of 2016's best classical music recordings.
"For each had at least one exceptional solo, most notably bass Dashon Burton’s captivatingly quiet air..." - Rob Hubbard, TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS, December 17, 2016
At the end of the month, Dashon recaps his role of "The Fence" in Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard. The Harmonia Mundi recording with vocal group Conspirare is nominated for a Grammy. In February, Dashon is re-invited by "A Far Cry" chamber orchestra in Boston to sing Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, and Ernste Gesaenge by Hans Eisler, then travels to France to prepare for his return to the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the Opera de Dijon in March.
"I'm so happy to be returning to the role of Sarastro: strong, stoic, confident! I'm so excited to see what the team at Les Talens Lyriques has planned, it's always such a joy to work with brilliant and passionate people who understand that now, more than ever, we need to keep arts in the forefront of culture. I love getting on the stage and embodying these masterful opera works. There's no greater feeling than traveling across the world to share a little bit of culture through all of the many lenses that I've been so lucky to have in my life!"
- Dashon Burton