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Video Published: 18 Feb 2021

Kevin Burdette in Conversation

Bass Kevin Burdette, renowned for his mellifluous voice and vivid characterizations, reflects on his life in opera.

About Kevin Burdette

American bass Kevin Burdette has impressed audiences with his dramatically incisive performances in repertoire ranging from Mozart to world premieres. The San Francisco Chronicle called his Leporello “a tour de force of vocal splendor and comic timing,” and The New York Times dubbed him “the Robin Williams of opera.” He was featured as Stefano in Thomas Adès and Meredith Oakes’ The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera, the DVD of which received the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. In 2020–2021, Burdette joins the inaugural season of the Atlanta Opera Company Players, as his hometown company looks to reimagine performances for their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. His scheduled engagements include the role of Howard in the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s The Listeners with Den Norske Opera (postponed), Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro with The Dallas Opera, and a return to Santa Fe Opera as Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Correspondent in the world premiere of Lord of Cries, by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo.

Burdette has sung at houses including Teatre del Liceu, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, and The Dallas Opera, appearing in roles such as Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Sulpice in La fille du régiment, and Claggart in Billy Budd.

This event is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.