Recent acclaim: "Navarro led the soloists ... in the Covenant Fine Arts Center auditorium. It's a room large enough to accommodate upwards of 130 singers and orchestra on stage plus an audience, but it's intimate enough to feel like a performance of chamber music. That setting put tenor Drake Dantzler in his element. A singer of notable contrasts, singing very softly as well as very loudly, he milked every nuance out of recitatives such as the opening, "Comfort Ye." He improvised heroically on the aria "Every Valley Shall Be Exalted" and sang with power and precision with the aria, "Thou Shalt Break Them with a Rod of Iron."" Grand Rapids Press
Drake made his debut with Opera Theater of the Rockies last spring as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and will return this spring to sing Gerard in Lakmé.
Drake appeared with the Warren Symphony as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana last fall, and will reprise it this spring at Orchestra Hall.
Drake and his wife, Mezzo Alta Dantzler, will be performing a guest recital with Soprano Jennifer Goode and Bass-Baritone Sean Cooper August 28th at Bowling Green State University. The foursome, along with pianists Kevin Blysma and Lois Kaarre will repeat the program January 31st at Oakland University.
Drake made a successful debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme last summer with Arbor Opera Theater. Video to follow soon.
Drake's next directing project, L'incoronazione di Poppea opens May 8th, 2014.
Drake joined the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, and Macomb Symphony this fall. Upcomings Messiahs as well as spring events with symphonies and opera companies can be found under dates.
Opera News hailed: "Tenor Dantzler is a real find: he has a voice of molten silver, immaculate musicianship and an expressive stage persona. The previous evening (Aug. 5), Dantzler had stopped the show as Lehár's Count of Luxembourg."
Drake was excited to be a member of the 2011 Summer Faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the 2012 Summer Faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
Albany Records has recently released the Ohio Light Opera's recording of Patience, featuring Drake as the Duke of Dunstable. The recording can be purchased on Amazon.com and other online merchants.
Drake is happy to join Wade Artist Management.
Keep up with Drake's performance and teaching schedule on Twitter with @DrakeD