Biography


Rodrick Dixon possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility that has earned him the respect and attention of leading conductors, orchestras and opera companies throughout North America.

Notable operatic engagements include Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Zemlinky’s  Der Zwerg conducted by James Conlon and as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Michigan Opera Theater as Tonio in La fille du Regiment, Todi Music Festival as Lenski in Eugene Onegin and as Tonio, Portland Opera in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Opera Columbus for the world premiere of Vanqui (Prince), Virginia Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, Cincinnati Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto and Opera Southwest in the title role of Rossini’s Otello.

On the concert stage, he is a regular guest of the Cincinnati May Festival. He has appeared as tenor soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Janacek’s Glaglitic Mass, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, Symphony No.8, Beethoven Symphony No. 9., Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. Other notable appearances include: Philadelphia Orchestra for Der Zwerg, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the title role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars, which he repeated at the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia, Ravinia Festival for The Bells, Mahler’s Das Klagende lied, Atlanta Symphony as featured soloist conducted by Robert Spano, Vail Music Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop, the Dvorak Stabat Mater in Umbria Italy, Zlin Czech Republic, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome conducted by Walter Attanasi, the Cincinnati Symphony for their “Classical Roots” concerts conducted by John Morris Russell, and a featured tenor soloist in Madison Opera’s “Opera in the Park”. Mr. Dixon appeared with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in Can you hear God Crying at the Kimmel Center, Benjamin Britten’s oratorio Saint Nicolas with the Mendelssohn Chorale conducted by Marti Bein in Rockford IL., and the Longfellow Chorus for a program of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor which was recorded and filmed for a documentary in Portland Maine.

Last July, he appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Center as Sportin’ Life in Robert Russell Bennett’s suite of music from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. This spring he will return to the Cincinnati May Festival and Carnegie Hall for performances of Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses.

As a part of “The Tenors: Cook, Dixon & Young,” he has appeared in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, Kodak Theatre,  Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park, Elgin Symphony, Rackham Symphony Chorus, Wolf Trap, Tennessee, Detroit’s M.O.T Orchestra, Anchorage Alaska, Los Angeles Greek Theatre, Washington DC White House, and performing Art Centers throughout Florida.

A gifted recitalist, Mr. Dixon earned rave reviews for his Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast honoring Roland Hayes on WFMT-FM/Chicago. He has also presented pre-concert recitals at the Cincinnati May Festival and completed a 30-city tour for Community Concerts and a duet concert “Following in the Footsteps” at Hampton University with Soprano Alfreda Burke, with whom he has also appeared in duet recitals for the Umbria Music Festival in Italy.  The Duet team has co-produced and recorded a new show called “Songs of a Dream” with the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago. Mr.Dixon has appeared as a soloist for the Siamsa na’ geal annual concert presented at Symphony Center in Chicago for over 10 years.

His extensive television credits include several PBS specials and appearances on nationally televised talk shows and news programs. He appeared in Ordos China Miss World Pageant viewed by 180 million in over 121 countries; PBS specials Hallelujah Broadway, The US Air Force 60th Anniversary Gala; Cook, Dixon and Young Volume one; Three Mo’ Tenors; Washington Opera Gala at Constitution Hall; The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center and My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs at City Center in New York. Other TV appearances include The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS/NPR; The Jerry Lewis Telethon; Marshall Field’s Commercials; TV One’s Christmas Special; WGN’s a Christmas Glory; The Tony Awards in Ragtime the Musical; NBC’s Today show; Good Morning America; The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Wayne Brady Show.

 Rodrick Dixon’s musical theater credits include the original cast of Ragtime on Broadway, Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre; Pops Concerts at Grant Park Music Festival, the Chicago land Pops Orchestra at the Rosemount Theatre and the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel. Mr. Dixon has performed Christmas and MLK concerts of Too Hot too Handel at the Detroit Opera House and the Auditorium Theatre under the baton of Suzanne Acton for 12 years.

Mr. Dixon’s discography includes Arthus Musik DVD/DVD Blu-ray Zemlinky’s Der Zwerg (Conlon, LA Opera 2010); Albany Records CD Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (2010), EMI/Manhattan Records DVD, CD release of Hallelujah Broadway (2010) and Songs of a Dream CD released in 2014. Other Notable recent recordings are “Home for the Holidays” with the Cincinnati Pops, Marvin Winans Praise and Worship CD in (2012) and Liam Lawton’s Sacred Land (2006).

Also visit Tenor Rod Dixon at www.diburkeinc.com and http://www.facebook.com/people/Rodrick-Dixon/100001421174042.

LA Opera’s Recovered Voices productions of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg and Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug released on DVD, 2010:    

  • Oedipus Rex, Title Role, Sydney Festival, 2010

    Der Zwerg, Title Role, LA Opera, 2008, Photographer Robert Millard

    La Fille du Regiment, Tonio, Detroit Opera, 2005