Dorian Dillard II
Praised for his warm velvet color, tenor, Dorian L. Dillard II is a versatile musician who shines equally in operatic and concert repertoire. Mr. Dillard is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in Voice Performance and received his Bachelors from Claflin University. In 2019, Dorian sang the role of Chicken Plucker and William in the World Premiere of Terrance Blanchard’s new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, while a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre St. Louis. Mr. Dillard’s other operatic performances include, Diron (Minette Fontaine), Tamino, (Die Zauberflöte,) Peter the Honey Man (Porgy & Bess), Larry Renault (Dinner at Eight), Tybalt (Roméo & Juliet) King Kasper (Amahl and the Night visitors), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi). In concert, Mr. Dillard II, has had the opportunity to perform as a Tenor soloist in Kathleen Battle’s, Kathleen Battle; Underground Railroad, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and most recently Händel’s Messiah. Dorian also has won awards, including 1st place in his category in the NATS Competition, a Finalist in the Opera MODO Detroit Aria Competition, a semi finalist in the Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition, a finalist in the George Shirley African American Operatic Aria and Art Song Competition, and an Encouragement Award Winner from the MET National Council Auditions Southeastern District.