American tenor Jonathan Burton has been praised for having “thrilling power and beauty” (Baltimore Sun) and for being “an engaging all-around singer with a powerful, full-bodied sound.” (Opera News) For his recent turn as Calaf in Turandot, Opera News proclaimed that he “produced a wonderfully shaded ‘Nessun Dorma’ that included brilliant top notes and the Herald Tribune raved him “a tenor who can add substantial flesh to Calaf as well as deliver the most famous aria of Italian grand opera to satisfaction is a rare find...Burton hit the jackpot with his delivery of ‘Nessun dorma’ that could stand confidently next to our worn recordings of Corelli, Domingo and Pavarotti.” During the 2015 - 2016 season this exciting tenor joins Nashville Opera as Calaf in Turandot, Sarasota Opera as Radames in Aida, and finally Knoxville Opera and Central City Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca. During the previous season Mr. Burton took the stage as Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West with Des Moines Metro Opera where Opera Today raved “Jonathan Burton poured out impassioned, emotionally generous phrases as Dick Johnson (Ramerrez). Mr. Burton has an exciting squillo in his full-bodied tenor that is riveting. But Mr. Burton can also exude a persuasive charm as he croons gentler phrases and caresses them with a knowing legato.” Additional engagements during the season included Manrico in Il Trovatore with Knoxville Opera, the title role in Don Carlos with Sarasota Opera, and both Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West and Florestan in Fidelio with Kentucky Opera. On the concert stage he made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic. During the 2013-2014 season, he took the stage as Don Jose in Carmen with Opera Omaha and Tulsa Opera where he was praised for a performance that was “bright, crisp and confident,” (Tulsa World), Cavoradossi in Tosca with Dayton Opera, as Calaf in Turandot with Utah Opera, Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera Naples, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Castleton Festival. Mr. Burton made his European debut during the 2012 - 2013 season as Dick Johnson in Fanciulla del West with Sinfónica de Galicia under the baton of Lorin Maazel. He later reprised the role at the Castleton Festival where Opera News wrote that he delivered the role with “an attractively beefy tone.” Additional engagements during the season included portraying Cavaradossi in Tosca with Kentucky Opera, Calaf in Turandot with Sarasota Opera and Rodolfo in La bohème with the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman where he “was charming as Rodolfo. His voice was strong and passionate, and as Rodolfo he was smitten and sweet.” (Times of Oman) Additional highlights of recent seasons include Cavaradossi in Tosca with Annapolis Opera, Opera New Jersey, Utah Festival Opera and Opera on the James, Don José in Carmen with Central City Opera, Lyric Opera of Virginia, and Opera Omaha, Rodolfo in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera and the Castleton Festival, Canio in Pagliacci with Annapolis Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Phoenix Opera. He portrayed Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Opera on the James and Shreveport Opera. In addition, he has performed numerous supporting roles with Florida Grand Opera, Opera Omaha, and Palm Beach Opera, and during his formative years he performed in over twenty leading roles with the Southern Ohio Light Opera Company, in roles ranging from Alfred in Die Fledermaus, to Camille in The Merry Widow, and Caliph in Kismet. On the concert stage he has been engaged by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra to sing Rene Clausen’s A New Creation, the Lexington Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Southern Ohio Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem. Mr. Burton studied at Westminster Choir College and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and was a member of Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program.


Expanded Repertory!

The past Year has seen many new VERY successful debuts! Florestan, Don Carlos, and Manrico have all received glowing reviews. Also successful returns to Johnson, Calaf, and Don Jose.

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June 8 & 10, 2018

Turandot  Calaf

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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Radames Debut

The Radames was Jonathan Burton whose singing of “Celeste Aida” revealed a powerful tenor with lyrical grace, ending the “untrono vicino al sol” first full voice then an octave lower and softly. Burton has real “squillo” (shine) to his voice. His heroic singing in the duet “Numi che duce ed arbitto” with the Chief Priest Ramfis concluding jointly with “Immensa Ptha” was thrilling. His third act finale “Sacerdote io resto a te,” was with golden notes seemingly held together with electrifying intensity. His confrontation with Amneris in Act 4 was a revelation, “Gia i sacerdoti adunansi” with generous and expansive bursts of glory. Burton’s “Morire si pura e bella” was lyrically done with pathos and a beautiful blend with Aida. The final “O terra addio” was sung with security and resignation. This was an extraordinary performance from a very promising tenor.

Nino Pantano

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