Davóne Tines - Artist-in-Residence - Michigan Opera Theatre

Heralded as “[one] of the most powerful voices of our time” by the Los Angeles Times, the “immensely gifted American bass-baritone Davóne Tines has won acclaim, and advanced the field of classical music” (The New York Times) as a path-breaking artist whose work not only encompasses a diverse repertoire but also explores the social issues of today. As a Black, gay, classically trained performer at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics, his work blends opera, art song, contemporary classical, spirituals, gospel, and songs of protest, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance that connects to all of humanity.

Recent and ongoing projects include MASS—a recital program exploring the liturgical Mass woven through Western European, African-American, and 21st-century traditions—and VIGIL—a music film presented by Lincoln Center that pays tribute to Breonna Taylor, whose tragic death has fueled an international outcry. Performances of MASS presented by Carnegie Hall and the Celebrity Series of Boston, among other institutions, are forthcoming after initial postponement due to COVID-19, and concert performances of VIGIL include engagements with the Louisville and Philadelphia Orchestras. He is also co-creator of The Black Clown, a music theater experience commissioned and premiered by The American Repertory Theater and presented at Lincoln Center. He has premiered dramatic works by today’s leading composers, including John Adams, Terence Blanchard, and Matthew Aucoin, and his concert appearances include performances of works ranging from Beethoven’s Ninth with the San Francisco Symphony to Kaija Saariaho’s True Fire with the Orchestre national de France.

Davóne Tines is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical musicians of color. He also received the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School.

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