William Burden American tenor

William Burden American tenor William Burden - tenor

American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America.

William Burden American tenor

He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid’s Teatro Real, the Netherlands Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival.

His many roles include the title roles of The Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Rake’s Progress, Roméo et Juliette, Béatrice and Bénédict, Candide, and Acis and Galatea; Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Aschenbach in Death in Venice, Don Jose in Carmen, Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride, Gerald in Lakmé, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte,Narraboth in Salome, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin.  

Also a supporter of new works, he appeared in the US premiere of Henze’s Phaedra at Opera Philadelphia, and created the roles of Peter in Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene  and Dan Hill in Christopher Theofanidis’Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera, Frank Harris in Theodore Morrison’s Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera,  Gilbert Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera, Dodge in Daron Hagen’s Amelia at the Seattle Opera, and Niklas Sprink in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize- winning Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera.

Conserts

In concert, Mr. Burden has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Edinburgh Festival, and on tour with Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Barcelona and Lyon.

Mr. Burden’s recordings include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Barber’s Vanessa (Anatol) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) and Musique adorable: The Songs of Emmanuel Chabrier  (Hyperion). He also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcast of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest. 

The season Mr. Burden makes his role debut at the Washington National Opera as Loge in Das Rheingold, and returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the world premiere of Jimmy López’ Bel Canto, and the San Francisco Opera as Laca in Jenufa. 

Raised in Florida, Mr. Burden received his master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. He was also a member of the Merola Program in San Francisco and at the Apprentice Artists Program at the Santa Fe Opera. As of the fall of 2015, Mr. Burden is also member of the faculty at the Mannes School of Music.

 Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:322990
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
The Makropulos Case {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/1996
Debuts: William Burden, David Robertson, Anthony Ward, Dona Granata, Howard Harrison
Review
[Met Performance] CID:323030
The Makropulos Case {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323070
The Makropulos Case {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/1996
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:323110
The Makropulos Case {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323150
The Makropulos Case {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323190
The Makropulos Case {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323750
Roméo et Juliette {285}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323790
Roméo et Juliette {286}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323830
Roméo et Juliette {287}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323870
Roméo et Juliette {288}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323910
Roméo et Juliette {289}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/1996
[Met Performance] CID:323960
Roméo et Juliette {290}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1996
Debut: Michael Rees Davis
[Met Performance] CID:323980
Roméo et Juliette {291}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/1996
[Met Performance] CID:324030
Roméo et Juliette {292}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/1996
[Met Performance] CID:324070
Roméo et Juliette {293}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/26/1996
[Met Performance] CID:330528
Roméo et Juliette {294}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/1998
Debuts: Alfred Walker, Bertrand de Billy
[Met Performance] CID:330540
Roméo et Juliette {295}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/20/1998
[Met Performance] CID:330552
Roméo et Juliette {296}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1998
[Met Performance] CID:330564 Opera News
Roméo et Juliette {297}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/28/1998
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:330588
Roméo et Juliette {299}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1998
[Met Performance] CID:330597
Roméo et Juliette {300}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/8/1998
Debut: William Stone
[Met Performance] CID:351141 
Pelléas et Mélisande {106}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351144
Pelléas et Mélisande {107}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351149
Pelléas et Mélisande {108}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2005
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351152
Pelléas et Mélisande {109}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/08/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351368 
World Premiere
An American Tragedy {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/02/2005
Debuts: Jennifer Aylmer, Graham Phillips, Adrianne Lobel
Review
[Met Performance] CID:351371
An American Tragedy {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/05/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351374
An American Tragedy {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/08/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351378
An American Tragedy {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351383
An American Tragedy {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351388
An American Tragedy {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/21/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351391 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
An American Tragedy {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/2005
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351394
An American Tragedy {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/2005
[Met Performance] CID:354601  
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
The Tempest {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/23/2012
Debuts: Thomas Adès, Alek Shrader, Jasmine Catudal, Kym Barrett, Michel Beaulieu, David Leclerc, Crystal Pite
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:354607
The Tempest {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/27/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354616
The Tempest {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/31/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354620
The Tempest {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/03/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354637
The Tempest {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/06/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354646 
The Tempest {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/10/2012
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354662
The Tempest {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/17/2012

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