Davóne Tines has come to international attention as a path-breaking artist whose work not only encompasses a diverse repertoire—from early music to new commissions by leading composers—but also explores the social issues of today. He received wide acclaim during the 2015-16 season for his breakout performances in the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars, at the Dutch National Opera; and at the Ojai Music Festival in works by Caroline Shaw and Kaija Saariaho which he performed with the Calder Quartet and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In summer 2019, Tines made his debut at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’s Fire Shut Up In My Bones based on the memoir of New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow. John Adams and Peter Sellars’s Girls of the Golden West was the platform for Tines’s San Francisco Opera debut, and he reprised his role in the work’s European premiere with the Dutch National Opera. Tines is a winner of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, recognizing extraordinary classical musicians of color. He also received the 2018 Emerging Artists Award from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School.

Posted: Feb-19-2020