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
"As Gerald, Lakme's object of desire, tenor Drake Dantzler projected just the right countenance to contrast these highly-divergent cultures. His light, lyric voice never failed to hit the vocal mark while it furthered the development of his character." Colorado Springs Gazette
Drake will be joining Toledo Opera for two productions this season. He will be seen as Spoletta in Tosca and Elder Gleaton in Susannah.
Drake will appear with the Bay View Music Festival in Petosky, MI this July and August.
Drake will return to Tennessee this Fall for a performance of The Creation.
Drake made his debut with Opera Theater of the Rockies in spring of 2013 as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and recently returned this spring to sing Gerard in Lakmé.
Drake and his wife, Mezzo Alta Dantzler, will perform a recital with Violist John Madison at St. Mary's this Semptember and will repeat it with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit later that month.
Drake's next directing project, L'incoronazione di Poppea recently closed. Pictures to follow.
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 is happy to be represented by Wade Artist Management.
Keep up with Drake's performance and teaching schedule on Twitter with @DrakeD