Davóne Tines is a pathbreaking artist whose work encompasses a diverse repertoire, ranging from early music to new commissions by leading composers, and explores the social issues of today. A creator, curator, and performer at the intersection of many histories, cultures, and aesthetics, he is engaged in work that blends opera, art song, contemporary classical, spirituals, gospel, and protest songs as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance connecting to all of humanity. Projects include Recital No. 1: MASS, a program exploring the mass woven through Western European, African American, and 21st-century traditions, performed at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere; Concerto No. 1: SERMON and Concerto No. 2: ANTHEM, programs for voice and orchestra that weave together arias and contemporary song, including arrangements by Tines, with poetry; and Everything Rises, a multimedia musical work exploring artistic journeys and family histories, co-created with violinist Jennifer Koh.
Tines is Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale’s creative partner, and in January 2023 he became artist-in-residence at Brooklyn Academy of Music. He recently served as artist-in-residence at Detroit Opera, which culminated in his performance in the title role of Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X; he is featured on the world premiere recording of X with Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP / sound). Tines is a member of AMOC and co-creator of The Black Clown, a music theater experience commissioned and premiered by The American Repertory Theater. Tines is Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year and recipient of the 2020 Sphinx Medal of Excellence. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, where he also serves as a guest lecturer.