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. In the 2016-17 season he has appeared as Perforated in Nicholas Vines’ Loose, Wet, Perforated with Guerilla Opera; The Voice of the Angel in James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body, a new oratorio commissioned by Music at Marsh Chapel; and as the alto soloist in Orazio Vecchi’s Renaissance madrigal comedy Le veglie di Siena with Exsultemus. All three pieces were recorded for commercial release in world-premiere recordings.
Notable recent engagements include the role of The United Way in the American premiere of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers with American Repertory Theater, Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque, Didymus in Handel’s Theodora with Music at Marsh Chapel, and 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 Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Aldeburgh Music Festival as a member of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
A native of Spearfish, SD, Mr. Dodson earned a degree in anthropology from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion), and a master’s in vocal performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.