Kevin Burdette

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Kevin Burdette

Kevin Burdette is a singer (range: bass) who has worked as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera,[1] Seattle Opera, Teatro Colón,[2] San Diego Opera, New York City Opera,[3] Opéra de Montréal, Boston Lyric Opera,[4] Glimmerglass Opera,[5] Opera Philadelphia, and the Spoleto Festival USA,[6] as well as many regional opera companies including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opéra de Québec, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Portland Opera, Virginia Opera,[7] Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Toledo Opera, Opera Memphis,[8] Knoxville Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio.

His concert engagements have included solo work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (with Gustavo Dudamel),[9] Philharmonia Orchestra (with Esa-Pekka Salonen),[10] National Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Seattle Symphony,[11] Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (with Neeme Järvi),[12] Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (with Kent Nagano), Utah Symphony Orchestra (with Keith Lockhart), Nashville Symphony, Boston Baroque,[13] the EOS Orchestra, AXIOM Ensemble (with Alan Gilbert),[14] and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, and San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.

A recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant awarded by the Shoshana Foundation,[15] the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Award, presented by New York City Opera to an artist who demonstrates outstanding dramatic ability, and the Alumni Promise Award[16] from the University of Tennessee, he has been a member of both l'Opéra National de Paris young artists' Program and the San Francisco Opera young artist program.[17]

Burdette received his Masters in Vocal Performance at the Juilliard School, two Bachelor of Arts degrees (B.A. in College Scholars and a B.A. in Music with a minor in history) from the University of Tennessee, and spent a year studying at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. He was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.


  1. ^ Charles Downey (9 August 2011). "Santa Fe Opera has weathered the economic crisis true to its fine form". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Federico Monjeau (29 September 2009). "Mozart, buen teatro y buenas voces". Clarín. 
  3. ^ Alex Ross (24 October 2005). "Fresh Faces". The New Yorker. 
  4. ^ Allan Kozinn (2 February 2011). "Oppressor’s Tale, Written in Oppression". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Anthony Tommasini (4 August 2004). "Glimmerglass Finds Adventure in the Country". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Linday Koob (23 May 2007). "Gluck's operatic utopian farce surprises and delights". The Charleston City Paper. 
  7. ^ Joan Reinthaler (25 March 2012). "The Virginia Opera's 'Mikado'". The Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Jon W. Sparks (14 January 2014). "Opera Memphis' 'Mikado' is terrific entertainment". The Commercial Appeal. 
  9. ^ Mark Swed (21 May 2012). "Fit for a 'Don'". The Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ Mark Swed (14 November 2012). "Berg's 'Wozzeck' comes across with gripping clarity". The Los Angeles Times. 
  11. ^ Melinda Bargreen (21 December 2013). "‘Messiah’ rings out, with Gary Thor Wedow at the helm". The Seattle Times. 
  12. ^ Ronni Reich (1 February 2010). "Neeme Jarvi returns to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra". The Star-Ledger. 
  13. ^ Jeremy Eichler (15 October 2007). "Baroque's 'Così' goes for easy laughs". The Boston Globe. 
  14. ^ Heidi Waleson (2 June 2014). "The New-Work Philharmonic". The Wall Street Journal. 
  15. ^ "Shoshana Foundation". 
  16. ^ "University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Alumni Promise Award". 
  17. ^ Joshua Kosman (12 July 1999). "Trainees Get 'Giovanni' Right". The San Francisco Chronicle. 

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