Drake is an active performer, teacher, and director, engaging audiences and students across the United States
Drake Dantzler is a frequent performer of Opera, Oratorio and song. Mr. Dantzler was hailed in Opera News as “a real find: he has a voice of molten silver, immaculate musicianship and an expressive stage persona.” Drake has performed leading roles across the United States, with particular experience in Operetta. Drake regularly appears with symphonies, performing a wide variety of repetoire. As as recitalist, Drake tours recitals of 21st Century Art Song across colleges and stages around the United States with college Victoria Shively.
Drake is a passionate teacher, drawing technique elements from the teachings of Jonathan Retzlaff, Mark Oswald, Robert McIver, and Stephen Smith. His students are frequently accepted into elite graduate schools, and his students have won numerous national and regional competitions, as well as encouragement award at MONC. Drake teaches at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and privately.
Drake is also passionate about voice science. Current research revolves around the effects of local and distal focuses on elements of singing.
Drake is Director of Opera Studies at Oakland University. At Oakland Drake coordinates a vibrant training program that focuses on the student performer. Opera Workshop classes intensely focus on training students in performance and movement skills. Oakland produces one fully staged, costumed opera each year with full orchestra. Productions have included Cosí fan tutti, Gianni Schicchi/ Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus, Pirates of Penzance, Martha, L'incoronazione di Poppea, and The Magic Flute. Students have been accepted at every major graduate school, and have participated in training programs with Chicago Lyric and the Merola program amongst others.