Jonathan Burton, tenor
Tenor Jonathan Burton is engaged to sing the most demanding roles in the tenor repertoire including Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot, Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West, and Radames in Aida. He regularly receives rave reviews for his “…bright, heroic tone, [and] clarion power…”. For his performance as Cavaradossi with Opera Omaha, one reviewer said: “Tenor Jonathan Burton was revelatory as the painter and revolutionary sympathizer. His voice never faltered through the demands of the role and his tortured humanity was palpable.”
In the current season, Mr. Burton joins the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago for the first time for their production of Il trovatore and returned to Opera Omaha as the tragic clown Canio in Pagliacci. Further performances include Dick Johnson with Maryland Lyric Opera, Calaf with Sarasota Opera, and returns to Utah Opera where he makes his role debut as Pollione in Norma. He also will be heard in concert for Florentine Opera, with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and in Newport, RI. Recent performances include Calaf with Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Knoxville Opera; Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera for Florida Grand Opera; his UK debut as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera; his role debut as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Opera.
Additional performance credits also include the roles of Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La bohème, and Manrico in Il trovatore. He has appeared with Royal Opera House Muscat, Dubai Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, Kentucky Opera, Nashville Opera, and Virginia Opera, among others. A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Burton sang with the famed maestro in multiple productions at the Castleton Festival, concerts in Washington, D.C., and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the reopening of Le Fenice.
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