Dashon Burton begins the 2017/18 season returning to the Cleveland Orchestra for a reprise of The Cunning Little Vixen at Severance Hall on September 23, 24, and 26. In October, as part of a European tour, they bring the production to Vienna's Musikverein, marking the first fully-staged opera presented there since the concert hall opened in 1870. Currently airing on public television stations across the United States is a new WVIZ/PBS documentary titled Opera Reimagined: Animating the Cunning Little Vixen, which follows Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and Director Yuval Sharon during their collaboration process to create a technologically innovative production of The Cunning Little Vixen. Click here for additional information and the broadcast schedule. Last month, Dashon also sang Mozart's Requiem with the Orchestra and in May 2018 will sing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with TCO at Severance Hall as well as abroad in Vienna and Japan in an undertaking called the Prometheus Project.
Production Diary #3 of Cleveland Orchestra's production of The Cunning Little Vixen.
Dashon also sings Beethoven Symphony No. 9 this season with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Handel & Haydn Society and with the Orlando Philharmonic.
He looks forward to appearing at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York to sing Handel's Messiah in December and to singing in the world premiere of Paul Moravec's Sanctuary Road in May, 2018.
Also in New York, he appears at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to sing David Lang's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Little Match Girl Passion in December. Before then, he returns to the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflötewith Opera de Dijon, when they take the production to Limoges in November and Caen in December.
Dashon joins pianist Craig Hella Johnson in Conspirare's "The Poet Sings" series, for a recital program that includes spirituals and Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op. 48. His album of American spirituals released last year, Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome, was listed as one of James R. Oestreich's of the New York Times's, Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016.
"...the real gem of the disc, at the end of those sets, is unaccompanied: Mr. Burton’s profoundly moving — indeed, haunting — interpretation of the crucifixion anthem “He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word.”"
- James R. Oestreich, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 6, 2016
At Carmel Bach Festival last summer, Dashon sang Bach Cantatas, Beethoven 9, Copland's Old American Songs, Mozart's C minor mass, and an enchanting evening of show tunes in a program covering all genres from Bach to Bernstein. He also joined his vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, of which he is an original member, to record at the unconventional but remarkable recording space, The TANK, in Rangely, Colorado. Read about the experience here.