Davone Tines

Singer & creator

Davone Tines (born in Virginia, based in Baltimore, US) is a singer, creator and curator working in theatre and opera as a bass-baritone.

The power of his voice and the convention-breaking nature of his performances are advancing the field of classical music.

Tines performs at the intersection of opera, popular anthems and spiritual and gospel music to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance and human connection.

He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York with Recital No.1: MASS (2022). He also performed as the Jailer in David Lang’s Prisoner of the State (2020) at the Barbican, London, and co-created and performed in The Black Clown (2019), a work adapted from the Langston Hughes poem, at the Lincoln Center, also in New York.

He was awarded a Sphinx Medal of Excellence in 2020, was a National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Awards Honoree in 2020 and received Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist Award in 2018. He was named a Time magazine Next Generation Leader in 2019.

He performs globally, including, most recently, with the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the L’Auditori in Barcelona and at Bold Tendencies and the Barbican, both in London. He makes his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York in April 2024.

Kaija Saariaho’s Only The Sound Remains at Lincoln Center's White Lights Festival. Photos by Chris Lee.
Hans Werner Henze's El Cimarrón at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Stephanie Berger.
Everything Rises at UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance. Courtesy of CAP UCLA. Photo by Bailey Holiver.​
Concerto No. 1: SERMON with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Courtesy of the Barbican London.​
Photo by Mohammed Ainan. ​
The Black Clown. Photo by Richard Termine © Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.​
The American Repertory Theater’s world premiere production of The Black Clown. Photo by Maggie Hall Photography.​
“What language” by Derrick Belcham.​