Wyoming Arts Council


Two time Metropolitan Opera Guild regional finalist (1974/75) Wm. Lynn Dixon was educated at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance with a subsequent Performance Certificate in Opera, Oratorio and Art Song.
Mr. Dixon has studied with noted vocal pedagogists, performers and coaches Hubert Kockritz, John Fiorito, Dr. Andrew White, Claudio Desderi, Eleanor Steber, Mo. Giulio Favario, Mo. Lee Schaenen, Jorma Jynninen and Sigmund Nimsgern.
An original cast member of the First National Company of Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Dixon performed in ten cities in the U.S over the seven year run of the production. He also performed various leading roles in this production in Hamburg, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium in the native languages of both countries. During his time with the Phantom productions worldwide, Mr. Dixon had opportunity to sing for Presidents Bush (’41) and Clinton, Prime Minister John Major, Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the Belgian Royal family.
In addition to performing internationally, Mr. Dixon has performed regionally across the United States. The roles performed range from the comedic Warden Frank in Die Fledermaus to the tragic Rigoletto and include Baron Scarpia, Don Bartolo, and Il Tabarro’s Michele among many others.
An alumnus of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Dixon performed the Father in Hansel and Gretel and Coronato in the world premiere of the contemporary opera The Fan; a creation of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s resident composer programs. Mr. Dixon provided main stage season cover roles for Rodrigo di Posa, Baron Scarpia and Herr Faninal and covered other main stage roles.
Orchestral credits include solo appearances with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra of Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony and Cincinnati May Festival performing the bass/baritone solos in works by Handel, Beethoven, Fauré, Britten, Brahms and Verdi. Mr. Dixon has worked with Maestri: Thomas Schippers, Julius Rudel, Robert Shaw, James Levine and Eric Kunzel.
Mr. Dixon has held positions as a vocal pedagogist for the Stella/R1 Musikal Theatre Academie in Hamburg and the Hamburger Theater HochSchule. He has performed as a recitalist at American University (Washington, D.C.), Cumberland (KY) University, Georgetown (KY) and Campbellsville (KY) Colleges in addition to offering master classes on these campuses. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the community college in his home town where he maintains a private studio. He is also the founder of the Greater Cheyenne Arts Advisory Council, an arts-as-economic-development advisory group to the office of the Mayor.
Mr. Dixon has been used in commercial campaigns, both as a singer and announcer, for MacDonald’s and for Procter and Gamble Products as a part of their national and international advertising efforts. Prior to his performance career, Mr. Dixon was a full time church musician for fourteen years in Baptist churches in Kentucky and Wyoming. During this time he served as a choral and worship planning clinician for his denomination for state, regional and national workshops and training events.
Mr. Dixon is an active Artist Roster member of the Wyoming Arts Council offering recitals and audience development efforts throughout Wyoming. He was cited by a former Wyoming governor for his “Suddenly Shakespeare “, “Sing, Play, Act, Tell Me a Story “and “Broadway… Bravo!” presentations and their success in generating greater student interest in reading, writing and theatrical participation in elementary and secondary schools throughout Wyoming.
He lives in Cheyenne with his wife of 40+ years, Linda, a G/T teacher in the Cheyenne schools.

“Mr. Dixon’s voice displays the richness and warmth in the lower and middle ranges and the facility in the upper ranges indicative of a lyric/dramatic baritone. The vocal size and ease of production are best suited to the music of Verdi and Puccini.”- Ardis Krainik, late General Director, Lyric Opera of Chicago.

“Wm. Lynn Dixon is a perfect comic baritone… [his] aria is one of the opera’s few moments….” – Newark, NJ Star-Ledger

“… [Wm. Lynn Dixon] struts and puffs with delicious pomposity.” –St. Louis, MO Post-Dispatch