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 recent engagements in 2011 include his return to the Ravinia Festival in Das Klagende Lied, The Bells; his Cincinnati Opera debut in the production of Rigoletto as the Duke; Cincinnati Symphony Classical Roots Concert and The May Festival. In 2010, he had three major recording and film releases: Arthaus Musik DVD/DVD Blu-ray Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg (Conlon, LA Opera, 2010); Albany Records CD Recorded Music of the African Diaspora (2010) and EMI/Manhattan Records DVD, CD release Hallelujah Broadway (2010). He earned critical acclaim and an invitation to return with Maestro Conlon for six seasons to the Cincinnati May Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Aleko, Glagolitic Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and with the Philadelphia Orchestra for more performances of Der Zwerg. He has also appeared at the Vail Music Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop.
In 2009, he made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in the title role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars; and repeated the production at the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia, 2010. He also appeared as tenor soloist with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano.
Elsewhere on the operatic stage, Mr. Dixon made his debut with Los Angeles Opera as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser; 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 as Prince for the world premiere of Vanqui; and the Virginia Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy & Bess.
During his association with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists, he appeared on their stage in many productions, most notably as the Prince in the world premiere of The Song of Majnun, plus performances at the Ravinia Festival and a series of concerts at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.
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 with Soprano Alfreda Burke, he completed a 30-city tour for Community Concerts, a duet concert Following in the Footsteps at Hampton University, duet recitals at the Umbria Music Festival in Italy and Barbados. He participated as a guest soloist for the Cincinnati Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration.
As a part of The Tenors: Cook, Dixon & Young, he has appeared in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park; Elgin Symphony, Rackham Symphony Chorus and the Concordia Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Mr. Dixon has appeared in the show Hallelujah Broadway with the Cincinnati Pops, May Festival Chorus and Maestro John Morris Russell at Riverbend.
His extensive television credits include PBS specials: Hallelujah Broadway (Prague, 2010), The US Air Force 60th Anniversary Gala (2007), Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One (2005), Washington Opera Gala at Constitution Hall (2003), The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center (2002), My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs at City Center (2000). Other TV appearances include: The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS/NPR (2006), The Jerry Lewis Telethon (2002-2003), Marshall Fields’ Christmas Commercials (2002), TV One’s Christmas Special (2006/07), WGN’s A Christmas Glory (2003 and 2006), The Tony Awards (1998), NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The Rosie O’Donnell Show (2002) and The 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 Chicagoland Pops Orchestra at the Rosemont Theater and the Cincinnati Pops with Eric Kunzel.
Mr. Dixon’s recordings include (Sony/BMG), PBS Great Performances Cook, Dixon & Young Volume One (2005); Follow That Star Christmas CD (2003); Liam Lawton’s Sacred Land (2006); and Rodrick Dixon Live in Concert (2008). Annually, Mr. Dixon has performed concerts of Too Hot To Handel at Detroit Opera House and at the Auditorium Theatre under the baton of Suzanne Acton. For upcoming performances visit www.pinnaclearts.com
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LA Opera’s Recovered Voices productions of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg and Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug released on DVD, 2010: