Baritone Dana Whiteside has appeared as soloist in numerous oratorio and orchestral works including the Boston premiere of Kurt Weill’s “The Prophets” from The Eternal Road, and in the Bach “Saint John Passion” and “Mass in B Minor” and the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s “Supper at Emaus with the Cantata Singers. In addition he has appeared as soloist in Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem”, Bach’s “Christ lag in Todesbanden,” and Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast”, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Benjamin Britten’s “Cantata Misericordium” as well as Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella”, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata 82 (“Ich habe genug”). Roles in works for concert/stage have included Time in the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s “Winter’s Tale” with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and, with Emmanuel Music, the role of Carl Magus in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music”
A product of the College of the Holy Cross, Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory and the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Whiteside Mr. Whiteside has received critical acclaim for his “commanding presence matched by excellent singing” (Worcester Telegram and Gazzette), and a voice of “noble clarity throughout powerful and resonant” (The Washington Post). An avid recitalist, he has offered a wide range of programs; and appeared with Musicians of the Old Post Road as well as at Boston’s French Library/Société Française and with the Florestan Recital Project. He has performed at University of Oregon and Boston University in such offerings as Schumann’s Liederkreis, op. 39, Samuel Barber’s Despite & Still, Beethoven’s “An die ferne Geliebte”, John Musto’s “Shadow of the Blues: Songs to Texts of Langston Hughes”, Ernest Chausson’s Serres Chaudes, and Aaron Copland’s “Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson. Mr. Whiteside enjoys affiliation with the Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music, Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and the Grammy-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble appearing as a featured on the group’s recent albums Winters Night and Seven Words from the Cross.
Among recent season highlights were “The Magic Flute” with Boston Baroque; Kurt Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins”; the role of Phoebus in Bach’s “The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan” with Emmanuel Music; “Carmina Burana” with the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall; the Verdi Requiem with Nashoba Valley Chorale Society; “Elijah’s Angel” with the New England Philharmonic and Ralph Vaughan Willams “Sea Symphony” with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Whiteside belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a portion of their concert fee to organizations they care about; and with his performances he supports Bay Cove Human Services which provides mental health/addiction/recovery support and the Women’s Lunch Place which supports the dignity of women.