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. Notable recent engagements include solo debuts with Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society (Cantata 147), the Aspen Music Festival (Cantata 106, “Actus tragicus”), the Connecticut Early Music Festival (Cantatas 17 and 37), Boston Baroque (Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), the Oregon Bach Festival (Bach’s St. John Passion and Cupid in Blow’s Venus and Adonis), and Seattle’s Pacific MusicWorks (Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo). Equally comfortable in contemporary repertoire, recent seasons have included world and American premieres of pieces by Jonathan Dove, Tod Machover, Paul Crabtree, Per Bloland, and Ken Ueno, and world-premiere recordings of pieces by Nicholas Vines and James Kallembach. The 2019-20 season brings debuts with the Charlotte Symphony and Boston’s Emmanuel Music.
Mr. Dodson is a dedicated ensemble singer and appears regularly with many esteemed choral ensembles throughout the country, including the Handel & Haydn Society, Seraphic Fire, Skylark, The Thirteen, TENET Vocal Artists, 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. In 2018 he made his television debut as a contestant on season 35 of Jeopardy!, where he was a three-day champion.