Veteran bass Tony Dillon has appeared with leading opera companies and symphony orchestras throughout the United States. A versatile artist, his repertoire ranges from the works of Peri and Cavalli to world premieres including operas and song cycles of Coppola, Earnest, Mlyn, Fink and others. Mr. Dillon has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times as “Delightful“, “stentorian and richly textured,” well known for his interpretation of Benoit and Alcindoro in LA BOHEME. Mr Dillon has played these roles for Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Austin Lyric Opera, Madison Opera, Amarillo Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Kentucky Opera. Recent engagements include Bartolo IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and Dr. P THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT with Indianapolis Opera, Benoit and Alcindoro LA BOHEME with Tulsa Opera, the roles Older Passenger and Steward in Weinberg’s THE PASSENGER with Florida Grand Opera, Pope Urban and Cardinal Barberini GALILEO GALILEI with the Des Moines Metro Opera, and Don Magnifico LA CENERENTOLA with Orlando Opera. Upcoming engagements include Benoit and Alcindoro LA BOHEME with Florida Grand Opera and Bartolo IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Sugar Creek Opera.
Other operatic roles include Dr. Grenvil LA TRAVIATA, Father Trulove THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, Monterone RIGOLETTO, the Speaker DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Luther/Crespel LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, and Sir Robert Cecil GLORIANA all with Des Moines Metro Opera, Alidoro LA CENERENTOLA with Tulsa Opera, Don Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Opera Birmingham and Opera Idaho, Grandpa Moss THE TENDER LAND and Don Alfonso COSI FAN TUTTE with Madison Opera, Sharpless MADAMA BUTTERFLY with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Sacristan TOSCA with the Rockford Symphony. He has also performed the Sacristan TOSCA with Pittsburgh Opera, Don Alfonso COSI FAN TUTTE with City Opera of the Quad Cities and El Paso Opera, Crespel/Luther/Schlemil LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and the Old Hebrew SAMSON ET DALILA with Cleveland Opera, the title-role DON PASQUALE with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Dr. Grenvil LA TRAVIATA with Pittsburgh Opera, Grandpa Moss THE TENDER LAND with Opera Omaha, Candy OF MICE AND MEN with the Washington Opera, Raimondo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Mississippi Opera, Simone GIANNI SCHICCHI with Los Angeles Opera, Zuniga CARMEN with Central City Opera, The Rev. Winemiller SUMMER AND SMOKE, H.G. Wells and Guadagno in Anton Coppola’s SACCO & VANZETTI and Frank DIE FLEDERMAUS with Tampa Bay Opera, and Don Basilio in the New York City Opera National Company tour of IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.
Mr. Dillon has been included on recordings with Delos International and “The Voices of Ascension,” National Public Radio GIANNI SCHICCHI with Los Angeles Opera, OF MICE AND MEN with the Glimmerglass Festival, SUMMER AND SMOKE with the Central City Opera Association and the Washington Opera telecast of LA RONDINE on PBS “Live from Kennedy Center.”