A member of the Cantata Singers Ensemble since 2009, baritone Dana Whiteside has appeared as soloist in numerous oratorio and orchestral works including the Boston premiere of Kurt Weill’s “The Prophets” from The Eternal Road, the Bach Saint John Passion and Mass in B Minor, and the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s Supper at Emmaus. In addition he has appeared as soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Bach’s Christ lag in Todesbanden, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Cantata 82 (“Ich habe genug”). Roles in works for concert/stage have included Time in the Boston premiere of John Harbison’s Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the role of Carl Magnus in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Emmanuel Music.
An avid recitalist, Mr. Whiteside has appeared with Musicians of the Old Post Road, at Boston’s French Library/Société Française and with the Florestan Recital Project. He has performed at University of Oregon and Boston University in such offerings as Schumann’s Liederkreis, op. 39, Samuel Barber’s Despite & Still, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, John Musto’s Shadow of the Blues: Songs to Texts of Langston Hughes, Ernest Chausson’s Serres Chaudes, and Aaron Copland’s Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson. Recent recitals have featured programs on themes of French Cabaret, the works of William Shakespeare, and songs inspired by the beauty of Venice.
Mr. Whiteside has recently appeared as soloist with Worcester Music, Emmanuel Music at Rockport Music Festival, Boston Baroque, and with the Bach Festival at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Recent solo appearances include The Magic Flute, with Boston Baroque; Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins; Bach’s The Contest Between Phoebus and Pan with Emmanuel Music; Carmina Burana with the Worcester Chorus at Mechanics Hall; the Verdi Requiem with Nashoba Valley Chorale Society; Elijah’s Angel with The New England Philharmonic; and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Whiteside is also Deputy Director for Community Economic Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and currently a member of Cantata Singers' Board of Trustees.