Biography

Hailed by The New York Times as a “commanding” voice and noted for his “gorgeous lower register” by Opera Chic, the charismatic bass-baritone brings his power, control, and appreciation for subtle, artistic nuance to every performance.

Dickerson is thrilled to be adding to the diversity of his career by starting off his 2011-2012 season in the NYC Fringe Festival, performing the role of Tony in the world premiere of Scott Decker’s play, Felony Friday.  He just came off a 2010-2011 season of great range – he performed as Dick Dead Eye in H.M.S. Pinafore at the San Antonio Opera, received critical acclaim for his “powerhouse vocal” and “heartfelt delivery” in Beef and Boards Christmas Spectacular, performed in Camelot, was a guest artist at the Palm Beach Opera, and workshopped a new opera, Stillwaters.

In the last few seasons, some of Dickerson’s engagements have included the Caramoor Festival in New York as Oroe in Semiramide, Kalamazoo Symphony as Timur in Turandot, El Paso Opera as Colline in La Boheme, Toledo Opera as the 5th Jew in Salome, Connecticut Opera as Zuniga in Carmen and Angelotti in Tosca, and Connecticut Grand Opera as the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. In addition, he played the role of Tom Morgan in the world premiere musical of Marc Robin’s Treasure Island with the Fulton Theatre in Pennsylvania.

Dickerson has also had notable performances as Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Vecchio Orazio in Mercadante’s Orazi e Curiazi at the Minnesota Opera, Angelotti in Tosca at the Fort Worth Opera, Colline in La Bohème at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and performances in La Traviata and La Sonnambula at the Caramoor Festival.

While a member of the Lyric Opera Center in Chicago, Mr. Dickerson created the role of Nimrod Baruch in the world premiere of Lovers and Friends (Chautauqua Variations) by Lyric’s then Composer-in-Residence, Michael John LaChiusa, as well as performing Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata, Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, and the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly.  Prior to that, he made his debut at Opera Memphis as Ramfis in Aida, sang Il Re in the same opus with the San Jose Symphony, returned to Memphis as John Potts in Michael Ching’s Corps of Discovery, and made his San Francisco Opera debut in Doktor Faust.

Dickerson studied at Texas Tech University before joining the professional Resident Artist Program of Opera San José, where he excelled in the Rossini roles of Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Selim in Il Turco in Italia, and  Alidoro in La Cenerentola.  His many Opera San José credits include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Zuniga in Carmen, Friar Laurence in Roméo et Juliette, Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Candy in Of Mice and Men, Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and the Father in the world premiere of Craig Bohmler’s The Nutcracker.

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