William Burden (singer)
Burden was born in Miami. He studied at Indiana University where he received his master’s degree in Vocal Performance working with Margaret Harshaw. Burden participated in the a number of summer programs, the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice program, and the Wolf Trap Young Artists’ Program.
In 1992 Burden was called to the San Francisco Opera to sing “Count Lerma” in Don Carlo and “Janek” in The Makropoulos Case. He has appeared in lead roles at major opera houses, including Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, La Scala, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Paris Opera, Munich State Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the Saito Kinen Festival.
His repertoire includes many lead roles, including:
- Faust, in Faust,
- Peléas, in Pelléas et Mélisande,
- Orphée, in Orphée et Eurydice,
- Tom Rakewell, in The Rake’s Progress,
- Roméo, in Roméo et Juliette,
- Bénédict, in Béatrice et Bénédict
- Edgardo, in Lucia di Lammermoor,
- Aschenbach, in Death in Venice,
- Captain Vere, in Billy Budd,
- Don Jose in Carmen,
- Nikolaus Sprink, in Silent Night.
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