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American bass Kevin Burdette has impressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his mellifluous voice and strongly dramatic characterizations. The New York Times dubbed him “the Robin Williams of opera.” He was featured as Stefano in Adès’ The Tempest with The Metropolitan Opera, the DVD of which, on Deutsche Grammophon, was awarded the Grammy Award for “Best Opera Recording” and a French Diapason d’Or. Mr. Burdette’s original engagements for the COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 season include being seen as General Polkan in The Golden Cockerel with Dallas Opera, as Beck Wethers in Austin Opera’s production of Everest, and with San Diego Opera in Il barbiere di Siviglia as Don Basilio. He reprised the role of Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Opera and Santa Fe Opera, where he also performed the dual roles of Manuel Toulon and The Judge in Huang Ruo’s new opera M. Butterfly. Last season, he returned to the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi. He also returned to The Atlanta Opera as George Benton in Dead Man Walking, Opera Philadelphia as Benoit/ Alcindoro in La bohème, Cincinnati Opera as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, and he debuted the role of Claggart in Billy Budd with Central City Opera. He also performed Pangloss/ Martin/Cacambo in Candide with Gran Teatre del Liceu. An alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Theater and the University of Tennessee, he is a former member of the Opéra National de Paris Young Artists’ Program and San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program.
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