From: Queens, New York. LA Opera: Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser (2007, debut); title role in The Dwarf (2008 and 2024).
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 appearances with LA Opera in the title role of Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf, conducted by James Conlon, and as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhauser, Michigan Opera Theater as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment, Todi Music Festival as Lensky in Eugene Onegin and as Tonio, Portland Opera in the title role of The Tales of Hoffmann; Opera Columbus for the premiere of Vanqui by Leslie Savoy Burrs; 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, where he has performed in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Nathaniel Dett’s The Ordering of Moses both in Cincinnati and at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Other notable appearances include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia in the title role of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars, Ravinia Festival for The Bells and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Center as Sportin’ Life in Robert Russell Bennett’s suite of music from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Atlanta Symphony conducted by Robert Spano, Vail Music Festival as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Marin Alsop, The Longfellow Chorus for a program of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor which was recorded and included in a film about the composer, and the Choral Arts Society of Music as the Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass. He returned to Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra as tenor soloist in Delius’ A Mass of Life and to the Cincinnati May Festival as featured soloist in a new work by Alvin Singleton. He has also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as tenor soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Hannibal Lukumbe’s One Land, One River, One People and with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Radio Italiana Torino (Italy) as Erik in The Flying Dutchman.
Engagements for the 2021/22 season include appearances as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Mozart Requiem with the Florida Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Greensboro Symphony and Richmond Symphony, and the title role in Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf for the Enescu Festival in Rumania.
Other orchestras with whom he has appeared include the Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Millennium Park; Elgin Symphony, Rackham Symphony Chorus and the Concordia Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
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