Davóne Tines Named First-Ever Creative Partner of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale

By David Salazar

The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale have appointed bass-baritone Davóne Tines as the organization’s first-ever Creative Partner.

In his new residency, Tines will appear in the company’s productions both onstage and virtually as well as playing a key role behind the scenes and working with the administrative staff. He will also be involved in strategic planning and governance meetings with the board of directors and be a major player in producing shows and curating new series for the company. Among the new series that Tines will be curating will be his new online show “The Ultimate Outcome” during which he will engage artists, administrators, and experts in conversation about the role of the modern-day Baroque ensemble.

Tines appeared with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in its run of “Aci, Galatea e Polifemo” back in 2017 before going on tour with the company for its production of “Atalanta” in 2018. He also appeared as host in the PBO’s 2021 virtual gala (he will host the 2022 live gala as well).

“Getting the chance to work with Davóne in a way that extends beyond one short run of performances is nothing short of a dream come true. Bay Area audiences fell in love with Davóne in his star turn as Polifemo in last year’s ‘Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo,’ and I’m confident that his output as Creative Partner will be just as inspiring,” said PBO Executive Director Courtney Beck in a press release. Tines will work closely with Beck during his residency with an aim at creating new programs to develop a broader community. “It is no accident that we announce this newly created position so soon after we announced Tarik O’Regan as our first-ever Composer-in-Residence. PBO has been working vigorously toward a more artist-centric philosophy of programming and organizational involvement, and Davóne’s new role is the natural next step. He, alongside Music Director Richard Egarr, Tarik, and others, will help PBO chart a path forward in a dramatically shifting classical landscape.”

In addition to his work with PBO, Tines has appeared with such organizations as the Dutch National Opera, the Ojai Music Festival, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is set to appear in Boston Lyric Opera’s upcoming “desert in” and will appear with such companies as Michigan Opera Theatre and Tulsa Opera in coming weeks.