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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Opera Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
London, England
Favorite Quote:
The Truth Is What It Is And What It's Not.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1966
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Opera Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
London, England
Favorite Quote:
The Truth Is What It Is And What It's Not.

Birthplace

Born:
6/22/1966
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Opera singer Rodrick Dixon was born on June 22, 1966 in Queens, New York. Dixon attended the Mannes School of Music and graduated with his B.M. degree in 1989 and his M.M. degree in 1991. During each summer while at the Mannes School, Dixon also studied at L’Academia Musicale Ottorino in Assisi, Italy and l’Ecole d’Art Americain-Palais de Fontainebleau, France.

Dixon trained in the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, where he appeared in many productions, most notably as the Prince in the 1992 world premiere of Bright Sheng’s The Song of Majnun. Other notable operatic debuts were with the Portland Opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann (1995); the Columbus Opera’s world premiere of Vanqui as Prince (2000); the Virginia Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy & Bess (2000); the Michigan Opera Theater as Tonio in La Fille Du Regiment (2005); and the Todi Music Festival as Lenski in Eugene Onegin (2007). Under the baton of Maestro James Conlon, he debuted at the Cincinnati May Festival (2005); the Los Angeles Opera in Tannhauser (2007); the filming of Der Zwerg (2008); and the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2011). Dixon’s orchestral debuts include: the Chicago Symphony Millennium Park (2004), May Festival (2005), Philadelphia Orchestra (2008), the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the title role of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (2009) and Atlanta Symphony (2010). He then joined the Metropolitan Opera roster for Armida (2010-2011) and Rodelinda (2011). From 1998 to 2013, Dixon performed with the Tenors Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors), filming multiple PBS-TV specials and touring the U.S.

In 2002, Dixon and his wife, opera singer, Alfreda Burke, performed in “Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah” at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre and the Detroit Opera House. Other performances by Dixon and Burke include PBS specials Hallelujah Broadway (Prague, 2010) and Miss World 2012 from Inner Mongolia, China. They have appeared as regular guest artists in Old St. Patrick Church’s (Chicago) production, Siamsa na nGael, at Symphony Center and Deck the Halls Christmas Concerts. In 2013, Dixon and Burke co-produced and recorded the new show,Songs of a Dream, with the Auditorium Theatre for a U.S tour.

Dixon’s musical recordings include: Arthaus Musik Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg; Recorded Music of the African Diaspora and Hallelujah Broadway (2010). He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs at City Center (2000), The Mark Twain Awards Honoring Whoopi Goldberg at Kennedy Center (2002), the United States. Air Force 60th Anniversary Gala (2007).

Dixon received a number of grants, scholarships and awards, including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the Jan Peerce Scholarship, Links Foundation Scholarship, a multi-year grant from the Osceola Foundation and the Mary Dawson Art Guild “Tenor of the Year” Award (1991). He has served as a consultant with the Cincinnati Symphony and Old St. Patrick’s Church (Chicago), and been on several boards including the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee (Arts and Culture Advisory Committee).

Opera singer Rodrick Dixon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 20, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his mother's education and her desire to become an opera singer
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon describes his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his father's childhood and careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his father's education and ministry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon describes how his parents met, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon describes how his parents met, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon describes the South Ozone Park neighborhood in Queens, New York where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon describes how his parents influenced him musically, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon describes how his parents influenced him musically, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his early exposure to famous black classical musicians
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his passion for baseball and the players who inspired him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Rodrick Dixon talks about playing baseball during his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon talks about how music, baseball, and church life shaped him as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon talks about some of his baseball mentors and himself as a student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon describes learning to play the piano
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon talks about attending the Brooklyn Boys Chorus at Long Island University in New York City, New York in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon reflects on his musical education at P.S. 124 in Queens, New York and the Brooklyn Boys Chorus at Long Island University in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experiences in the Brooklyn Boys Chorus at Long Island University in New York City in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon recalls having an epiphany about his musical talent in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon recalls enrolling at the High School of Music and Art in Harlem, New York in 1980
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon reflects on his voice teachers and the value of classical voice training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon describes his development as a singer at The High School of Music and Art in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon recalls enrolling at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, New York in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experience at Mannes College of Music in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experience studying music in Fontainebleau, France and meeting Leonard Bernstein
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon recalls a conversation he had with Leonard Bernstein in Fontainebleau, France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon recalls performing five songs in Chinese by composer Bright Sheng in Fontainebleau, France
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon talks about learning foreign languages as a singer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the role of dialect in operatic singing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon describes how learning foreign cultures and traditions affect his performance
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon shares his philosophy of musical phrasing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon shares his philosophy of musical phrasing, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon shares his opinion on the label "crossover artist," pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon shares his opinion on the label "crossover artist," pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon describes his audition for the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Chicago, Illinois in 1991
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon recalls performing Bright Sheng's opera "The Song of Majnun" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Illinois in 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon describes the importance of classical music in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon describes his decision to study at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists rather than performing in higher-paying opera roles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his experience at the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon describes his career as a singer and a substitute teacher after leaving the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon recalls meeting his wife, HistoryMaker Alfreda Burke
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon talks about courting HistoryMaker Alfreda Burke while they each performed in different cities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the stamina and technique required to perform on Broadway and in opera
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his experience in the ensemble of "Ragtime" on Broadway
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon describes returning to Chicago, Illinois to sing the role of Booker T. Washington in "Ragtime"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon describes the origin of the Three Mo' Tenors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experience performing with Victor Trent Cook and Thomas Young as the Three Mo' Tenors, and as Cook, Dixon and Young
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon talks about The Three Tenors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the success of the Three Mo' Tenors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the success of the Three Mo' Tenors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon shares his opinion about why the Three Mo' Tenors cannot be duplicated
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the success of "Too Hot to Handel"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon talks about "Hallelujah Broadway"
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon talks about how he avoids stage fright
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon describes meeting James Conlon and returning to a career in opera
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon talks about performing in Alexander Zemlinsky's "Der Zwerg"
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon talks about James Conlon's Recovered Voices Project
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon describes the different types of operatic tenors, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon describes the different types of operatic tenors, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the reception to his performance as the title character in Alexander Zemlinsky's opera "Der Zwerg," pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon talks about the reception to his performance as the title character in Alexander Zemlinsky's opera "Der Zwerg," pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon describes his work with the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon describes his work with the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon describes his experience at the Music and Medicine Symposium at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon talks about "Siamsa na nGael" in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon talks about Daniel O'Connell and Frederick Douglass
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon reflects on the travel opportunities that he has had in his career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his career plans and Nathaniel Dett's "The Ordering of Moses"
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Rodrick Dixon describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Rodrick Dixon reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Rodrick Dixon talks about professional organizations for black musicians and how African American musical traditions are viewed within the classical world
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Rodrick Dixon talks about his marriage to HistoryMaker Alfreda Burke
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Rodrick Dixon talks about DiBurke, Inc.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Rodrick Dixon reflects on how his parents feel about his career
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Rodrick Dixon describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Rodrick Dixon narrates his photographs