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 major orchestras of North America, Europe, and Japan.
Dashon Burton’s 2019-20 season began with returns to the Carmel Bach Festival and the Salzburg Festival in a reprise of Salomé. He 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 (frequent partners with Burton), and then with Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony, where Burton also sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. A regular guest with the Cleveland Orchestra, Dashon returns there this season to sing Michael Tilson Thomas’s Rilke Songs, the composer conducting; and reunites with Mo. Tilson Thomas to sing the Brahms Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony. He returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem, sings Mozart’s Mass in c minor with the St. Louis Symphony, and Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem with Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra. Known for his mastery of new music, Burton has sung Michael Tippet’s A Child of our Time at Harvard, 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.
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 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.