Possessing a “beautiful, ringing, and agile countertenor” (Boston Classical Review), Doug Dodson brings sensitive musicality and strong dramatic instincts to repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. Praised as a “vivid countertenor” by the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Dodson’s current and upcoming seasons feature a wide variety of exciting engagements throughout the United States.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Dodson appeared as an alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with New York City’s TENET Vocal Artists in a unique unconducted performance featuring just twelve singers and the collaborative instrumental ensemble The Sebastians. He also joined both ensembles in the spring for a similarly unconducted St. Matthew Passion. Additionally, Mr. Dodson created the role of Arion in the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s Arion and the Dolphin with the Harvard Summer Chorus, and sang the countertenor solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra of Newburgh, NY.
Notable recent engagements include his mainstage solo debut with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society in Cantata 147 (“Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”) as well as his solo debut with Boston Baroque as Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare. He appeared as the Spirit in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), Cupid in Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Oregon Bach Festival, Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Pacific MusicWorks (Seattle, WA), the alto soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Oregon Bach Festival, and the countertenor soloist in Hail, Bright Cecilia with the Henry Purcell Society of Boston. He also joined Guerilla Opera in the role of Perforated in Nicholas Vines’ new opera Loose, Wet, Perforated (a role which he recorded for commercial release on Navona Records), and performed the Voice of the Angel in composer James Kallembach’s The Most Sacred Body, a new oratorio commissioned by Music at Marsh Chapel (which was subsequently recorded for Gothic Records). Other solo debuts include the alto soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Master Chorale of South Florida, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Newburyport Choral Society, and Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony.
Mr. Dodson is a dedicated ensemble singer and appears regularly with several esteemed choral ensembles throughout the country, including the prestigious Handel & Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, Skylark, and the South Dakota Chorale. He has earned degrees in anthropology from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion) and in vocal performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and was a proud member of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in conjunction with Aldeburgh Music in Aldeburgh, UK. He also appears as a regular panelist on the critically acclaimed opera podcast OperaNow! and made his television debut this year as a contestant on season 35 of Jeopardy!, where he was a three-day champion.