Hailed as a “vivid countertenor” (The Wall Street Journal) with a voice that is “unusually sparkling” (The Kansas City Star), Doug Dodson is making his mark on opera and concert stages throughout the United States in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.
Mr. Dodson’s current and upcoming seasons feature a wide variety of exciting engagements throughout the United States. In the 2016-2017 season, he makes his solo debut with Boston Baroque as Nireno in Giulio Cesare and bows as Perforated in Loose, Wet, Perforated, a new opera by Nicholas Vines, with Guerilla Opera, a role which he also recorded for commercial release by Navona Records. He returns to Music at Marsh Chapel as the Voice of the Angel in composer James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body, a new work which Mr. Dodson also premiered in March 2016. Also with Music at Marsh Chapel, he appears as alto soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt, which he also performs this season with Musica Sacra (Cambridge, MA). Other solo debuts include alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Master Chorale of South Florida, alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with Newburyport Choral Society, and alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony.
In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Dodson’s engagements included Mary Magdalene in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and alto soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, both with Music at Marsh Chapel. He was a featured countertenor soloist in Purcell's incidental music for Oedipus, semi-staged by the Henry Purcell Society of Boston. He appeared as alto soloist in the American premieres of Alessandro Melani's Lauda Anima Mea and Giacomo Perti's Magnificat, both at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He also performed the alto solos in Dixit Dominus (Charpentier) and Missa Sanctae Mariae Magdalenae (Sances) at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina.
In recent seasons, Mr. Dodson created the role of Ignis in the world premiere of Per Bloland’s opera Pedr Solis with Guerilla Opera. With Music at Marsh Chapel, he sang Didymus in Handel’s Theodora, appeared as alto soloist in Bach's Cantata 66 (“Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen"), and he performed as Soprano II/Alto soloist in the Bach Mass in B minor with Musica Sacra (Cambridge, MA). Mr. Dodson also created the role of Farinelli the Rooster in Guerilla Opera’s world premiere production of Ken Ueno’s 2014 opera Gallo. The Boston Globe called his aria “show-stopping” and Lloyd Schwartz (for New York Arts) praised his “impressive and uninhibited” countertenor. That season, Mr. Dodson also made his role debut as Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, at the Aldeburgh Music Festival in Suffolk, England as a member of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Notable past engagements for this versatile countertenor 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. An experienced Handelian, Mr. Dodson performed the alto solos in Messiah with Music at Marsh Chapel, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Handel Choir of Baltimore, and 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 made his international debut in 2009 as First Witch/Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany.
A dedicated ensemble singer, Mr. Dodson appears regularly with several professional choral ensembles throughout the country, including the prestigious Handel & Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, Skylark, and the South Dakota Chorale.
Mr. Dodson can be heard as alto soloist in works by Charpentier and Sances on Viva Italia released on MSR Classics. He was a 2010 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England Region) and a 2008 National Finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters National Career Awards Competition in Voice. Originally from Spearfish, South Dakota, Mr. Dodson received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and his M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. He can also be heard as a regular panelist on the critically acclaimed opera podcast OperaNow!