Biography


Rodrick Dixon, Tenor

        Classical 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.

The 2018-2019 season includes debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI as Erik in Der Fliegender Hollander conducted by James Conlon; tenor soloist with Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo conducted by Marin Alsop; and Charleston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ken Lam.  He returns to Cincinnati Symphony in the Beethoven 9th Symphony with Louis Langree; and sings the role of the Shaman in the premiere of Healing Tones composed by Hannibal Lokumbe, conducted by Yannick Nezet-Sguin of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He recently made his St. Louis Symphony Orchestra debut in Der Fliegende Hollander as Erik under the baton of David RobertsonOther notable opera credits include Los Angeles Opera in the title role of Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg filmed to DVD and Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser, additional credits include Michigan Opera Theater, Todi Music Festival production of La Fille Du Regiment as Tonio: Todi Music Festival production of Eugene Onegin as Lenski; Portland Opera in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Cincinnati Opera as the Duke in Rigoletto: and Opera Southwest in the Virginia Opera tour of Porgy & Bess throughout Virginia.

 On the concert stage, he is a regular guest of the Cincinnati May Festival, where he has performed Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses in Cincinnati and in New York’s Carnegie Hall.  He made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut in the title role of Der Zwerg conducted by James Conlon and tenor soloist for the world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe’s world premiere of One Land, One River, One People conducted by Yannick Séguin.  For the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia he played the title role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars.  Mr. Dixon made his Ravinia Festival debut singing Rossini Arias under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach; The Bells and Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied under the baton of maestro Conlon.  He appeared for the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Center as Sportin’ Life in Bennett’s suite of  Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; Atlanta Symphony Martin Luther King Celebration conducted by Robert Spano; Vail Music Festival in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9; and Bernstein program conducted by Marin Alsop. Mr. Dixon filmed, recorded and concertized works by composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with the Longfellow Chorus.  Other notable credits include:  the Choral Arts Society of Music as the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center, a return to Carnegie Hall to debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Frederick Delius’ A Mass of Life and to the Cincinnati May Festival as featured soloist in a new work by Alvin Singleton.  Rodrick Dixon appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, under the baton of Stéphane Denève; performed Loge in Trilogy Opera’s Das Reingold; Odinga in Kenyatta; and performed in Hannibal Lokumbe’s world premiere of Crucifixion Resurrection at Mother Bethel AME Church, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra.

 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 for multiple years; he completed a 30 city tour for Community Concerts and a duet concert “Following in the Footsteps” at Hampton University with wife Soprano Alfreda Burke, with whom he has also appeared in duet recitals for the Umbria Music Festival in Italy. The couple performed and participated in the Mandla Mandela and Miss World delegation Rise Against Hunger campaign, honoring the legacy of President Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Dixon’s notable concerts with tenors Victor Cook and Thomas Young include:  Kodak Theatre with Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin’s dedication concert renaming a Detroit Park after her father Pastor C.L. Franklin, the Atlanta Symphony, LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl with the Irish Tenors, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park, Elgin Symphony, Rackham Symphony Chorus and the Concordia Orchestra at Lincoln Center. 

 

1.       Rodrick Dixon Youtube classical audio video materials

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaBr5nVLA8acqfRdztcKbQPdp3CineBE

 

2.       Rodrick Dixon Youtube PBS/TV videos

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaBr5nVLA8ac5PNP2X4Xv0wrP4E16JusE

 

 

Rodrick Dixon, Tenor

(Short) Crossover Biography

 

Rodrick Dixon is a classical crossover artist that possesses a tenor voice of extraordinary range and versatility. His body of work covers 25 years of television, recordings, live theater and concerts, including PBS Specials with tenors Victor Cook, and Thomas Young; Hallelujah Broadway starring his wife, Alfreda Burke; the Miss World Pageant broadcast from China and Washington, DC on the “E” channel in 126 countries. Dixon recently appeared in the annual Freedom Awards filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Noel Noel Christmas concert at Mississipi Blvd church for Fox 13 broadcast on Christmas Day & Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party VH1. His eclectic discography with Sony BMG, EMI Records & Naxos has delighted fans all over the world.

 

 

 History

 Rodrick Dixon commands an amazing ability to interpret a song, tell a story and bring a tremendous amount of emotion to a tv camera!  Born and raised in his father’s church, he learned to imitate his parent’s ability to sing and begun piano studies under his father’s guidance.  At the age of 12, he was accepted into the Brooklyn Boys Choir, he attended the High School of Music & Arts in Harlem, matriculated into Mannes College of Music to receive a BM and MM degree. In the summers during his college years he studied in Assisi, Italy and Fountainebleau, France.  He began his operatic training at Lyric Opera Center for American Artists.  After the program, he was casted in Hal Prince Production of Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The producers of Show Boat casted Mr. Dixon in Ragtime which opened in Toronto, Canada in 1996 and made its Broadway debut on January 18, 1998.  Mr. Dixon joined the Chicago production of Ragtime in September of 1998.  In 1998, boy choir and high school friend Victor Cook recommended Mr. Dixon to the production of Three Mo’ Tenors. As a member of the PBS group starring Victor Trent Cook and Thomas Young, he has appeared with Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, The Three Irish Tenors and Whoopi Goldberg. 

As a partner of Cook, Dixon and Young, he produced the PBS special Cook, Dixon and Young Volume 1, toured extensively throughout the US, appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, “E” entertainment, PBS/Great Performances nationally and WGN.  As a programming consultant to the Cincinnati Symphony for its Classical Roots series in 2011-12, Mr. Dixon secured iconic orchestrations from Quincy Jones and Marvin Winans.  This series sold over 5,000 tickets at the Box Office. 

   Rodrick Dixon and his wife/business partner, Alfreda Burke, have appeared in the PBS Special Hallelujah Broadway filmed in Prague with Linda Eder and Anthony Kearns with the Prague Filharmonia.  The two appeared with Michael Feinstein at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago; produced Songs of A Dream with the Auditorium Theatre; toured Italy; South Africa with Miss World/ Mandela delegation in 2017; performed Too Hot To Handel at the Detroit Opera house for 16 years; Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for 13 years; and Memphis debut in 2018.

 

Film and Recordings:

 Mr. Dixon extensive television credits include: Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party VH1 (2017), Freedom Awards National Civil Rights Museum (2017),  Noel, Noel Christmas Show Fox 13 (2017),  Variety Children’s Charity TV show honoring CEO Julia Morley of Miss World in London (2016),  Miss World Pageant in Washington DC at the MGM (2016),  Ordos China (2012),  An Evening with Vernon Jordan/History Makers WETA PBS (2014),  the Variety Children’s Charity telethon in Des Moines Iowa from 2012 until the present, The US Air Force 60th Anniversary Musical Celebration  (2007), Cook, Dixon & Young Vol. 1 PBS Great Performances (2005), Washington Opera Gala at Constitution Hall (2003),  The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center (2002),  Three Mo’ Tenors PBS Great performances (2001) and 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 Specials (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 and other theatrical concert credits include the original cast of Ragtime on Broadway/Chicago/Toronto, Show Boat at the Auditorium Theatre, Pops Concerts at Grant Park Music Festival, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra at the Rosemont Theater with Michael Feinstein, The Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel, and annual Christmas concerts of Too Hot To Handel at the Detroit Opera House and the Auditorium Theatre. The show will make its Orpheum Theatre debut April 21st and 22nd in 2018.

 

Discography: 

1, Der Zwerg DVD ArtHaus Musik (James Conlon conducting, LA Opera)

2. The Ordering of Moses CD Bridge Records (James Conlon conducting, Live at Carnegie Hall)

3. Recorded Music of the African Diaspora CD Albany Records

4. Can You Hear God Crying DVD Naxos (Dirk Brosse Conducting Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Hannibal Lokumbe composer)

5. Three Mo’ Tenors DVD/CD Sony/BMG PBS Great Performances

6. Cook, Dixon & Young DVD/CD Sony/BMG PBS Great Performances

7. PBS Hallelujah Broadway EMI DVD/CD, (Starring Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Linda Eder and Anthony Kearns)

8. Home for the Holidays CD Cincinnati Pops Orchestra,

9. The Right Frame of Mind CD Blue Griffin records, 

10. Follow That Star Christmas CD EMI records,

11.  Liam Lawton’s Sacred Land CD

12. Triptych…A celebration of the Negro spiritual CD.

13. The Praise + Worship Experience CD (Marvin L. Winans)

14. An Evening with Vernon Jordan (PBS) produced by The History Makers

15. A Musical Celebration (PBS) The United States Air Force 60th Anniversary

16. Can You Hear God Crying (DVD) Naxos-Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra 2014

17. “Oh what Fun Jingle, Jingle, Jingle’ Marshall Fields Commercial- Tenors 2002

 

  • 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