Possessing a “beautiful, ringing, and agile countertenor” (Boston Classical Review), Doug Dodson brings sensitive musicality and strong dramatic instincts to repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. Praised as a “vivid countertenor” by the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Dodson’s current and upcoming seasons feature a wide variety of exciting engagements throughout the United States.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Dodson appears as an alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with New York City’s TENET Vocal Ensemble, in a unique unconducted performance featuring just twelve singers and the collaborative instrumental ensemble The Sebastians. He also joins TENET as an alto soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and appears as the alto soloist in Messiah with the Handel Society of Dartmouth College. Additionally, Mr. Dodson creates the role of Arion in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin with the Harvard Summer Chorus, and sings the countertenor solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Symphony Orchestra of Newburgh, NY.
In 2017-2018, Mr. Dodson made his mainstage solo debut with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society in Cantata 147 (“Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”) as well as his solo debut with Boston Baroque as Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. He appeared as the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas with Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), Cupid in Venus and Adonis with the Oregon Bach Festival, Speranza in L’Orfeo with Pacific MusicWorks (Seattle), the alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Oregon Bach Festival, the countertenor soloist in Hail, Bright Cecilia with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and the Soprano III soloist in the modern premiere of the surviving movements of Alessandro Melani’s Oratorio on the Life of St. Theodora with Reed College Collegium as part of their fringe festival performance in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival,
During that season Mr. Dodson also joined Guerilla Opera in the role of Perforated in Nicholas Vines’ new opera Loose, Wet, Perforated, a role which he recorded for commercial release on Navona Records. Reviewing the world premiere recording, Opera News praised him as a “sleazy Perforated, inserting sappy pop-inspired scoops into his angular vocal line and breaking out in manic, cackling repetitions of a single pitch.” Gwen Bennett of Music Trust E-Zine commended him for “deliver[ing] his role with crystalline clarity and, at times, a certain amount of irony.”
In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Dodson performed the Voice of the Angel in composer James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body, a new oratorio commissioned by Music at Marsh Chapel, which he subsequently sang on the piece’s world-premiere recording released on Gothic Records. Other solo debuts included alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Master Chorale of South Florida, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Newburyport Choral Society, and Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony.
Notable past engagements include the role of The United Way in the American premiere of Tod Machover’s highly anticipated new opera Death and the Powers, an innovative collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and The American Repertory Theatre performed at the A.R.T. and Chicago Opera Theatre, under the baton of Gil Rose. Mr. Dodson created the role of Ignis in the world premiere of Per Bloland’s opera Pedr Solis with Guerilla Opera. Mr. Dodson also created the role of Farinelli the Rooster in Guerilla Opera’s world premiere production of Ken Ueno’s 2014 opera Gallo with Guerilla. The Boston Globe called his aria “show-stopping” and Lloyd Schwartz (for New York Arts) praised his “impressive and uninhibited” countertenor. An accomplished Handelian, Mr. Dodson performed the alto solos in Messiah with Music at Marsh Chapel, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Handel Choir of Baltimore, and also appeared as Athamas in Semele with the Handel Choir of Baltimore. He has also performed the alto solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Spire Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City), the role of Isaac in Britten’s Canticle II -- Abraham and Isaac with Music at Marsh Chapel, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Lowell House Opera (Harvard University), and many others.
Mr. Dodson is a dedicated ensemble singer and appears regularly with several esteemed choral ensembles throughout the country, including the prestigious Handel & Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, Skylark, and the South Dakota Chorale.
His discography includes the Voice of the Angel on the world premiere recording of James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body, as Perforated on the world premiere recording of Nicholas Vines’ Loose, Wet, Perforated, and as as a soloist in works by Charpentier and Sances on Viva Italia released on MSR Classics.
Mr. Dodson has degrees from University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and was a proud member of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in conjunction with Aldeburgh Music in Aldeburgh, UK. He also appears as a regular panelist on the critically acclaimed opera podcast OperaNow! and makes his television debut this year as a contestant on season 35 of Jeopardy!