Kevin Burdette is an American bass who has worked as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Colón, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Boston Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Spoleto Festival USA, as well as many regional opera companies including Florentine Opera, Opéra de Québec, Portland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Atlanta Opera, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Memphis, Gotham Chamber Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, and the Lyric Opera of San Antonio. In 2015, he created the roles of Beck Weathers in Joby Talbot's Everest, Blindman and Stobrod Thewes in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain, Eric Gold and the Ghost of Bazzetti in Jake Heggie's Great Scott, and Ob in Mark Adamo's Becoming Santa Claus.
His concert engagements have included solo work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (with Gustavo Dudamel), Philharmonia Orchestra (with Esa-Pekka Salonen), National Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (with Neeme Järvi), Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (with Kent Nagano), Utah Symphony Orchestra (with Keith Lockhart), Nashville Symphony, Boston Baroque, the EOS Orchestra, AXIOM Ensemble (with Alan Gilbert), 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, 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 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.
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.
- Charles Downey (August 9, 2011). "Santa Fe Opera has weathered the economic crisis true to its fine form". The Washington Post.
- Federico Monjeau (September 29, 2009). "Mozart, buen teatro y buenas voces". Clarín.
- Heidi Waleson (February 3, 2013). "Tragedy Makes for the Peak of Drama". The Wall Street Journal.
- Annne Midgette (November 13, 2016). "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opera debut brings relevance to WNO". The Washington Post.
- Alex Ross (October 24, 2005). "Fresh Faces". The New Yorker.
- Allan Kozinn (February 2, 2011). "Oppressor’s Tale, Written in Oppression". The New York Times.
- Anthony Tommasini (August 4, 2004). "Glimmerglass Finds Adventure in the Country". The New York Times.
- Linday Koob (May 23, 2007). "Gluck's operatic utopian farce surprises and delights". The Charleston City Paper.
- Andrew Alexander (March 7, 2016). "Review: ‘Pirates of Penzance’ isn’t best match for Atlanta Opera". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- Joan Reinthaler (March 25, 2012). "The Virginia Opera's 'Mikado'". The Washington Post.
- Jon W. Sparks (January 14, 2014). "Opera Memphis' 'Mikado' is terrific entertainment". The Commercial Appeal.
- Heidi Waleson (August 10, 2015). "2015 Festival at the Santa Fe Opera Review". The Wall Street Journal.
- Judith Malafronte (October 30, 2015). "Great Scott, Dallas Opera". Opera News.
- Mark Lowry (December 3, 2015). "‘Becoming Santa Claus’ adds opera to holiday calendar". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Mark Swed (May 21, 2012). "Fit for a 'Don'". Los Angeles Times.
- Mark Swed (November 14, 2012). "Berg's 'Wozzeck' comes across with gripping clarity". Los Angeles Times.
- Melinda Bargreen (December 21, 2013). "‘Messiah’ rings out, with Gary Thor Wedow at the helm". The Seattle Times.
- Elaine Schmidt (December 15, 2016). "Chorus Renders Beautiful ‘Messiah’". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
- Ronni Reich (February 1, 2010). "Neeme Jarvi returns to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra". The Star-Ledger.
- Jeremy Eichler (October 15, 2007). "Baroque's 'Così' goes for easy laughs". The Boston Globe.
- Heidi Waleson (June 2, 2014). "The New-Work Philharmonic". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Richard F. Gold Career Grant Recipients". The Shoshana Foundation.
- "Alumni Promise". University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- Joshua Kosman (July 12, 1999). "Trainees Get 'Giovanni' Right". San Francisco Chronicle.