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William Burden

  • Tenor


American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. 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, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid's Teatro Real and the Saito Kinen Festival.

His many roles include the title roles of Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Rake's Progress, Roméo et Juliette, Béatrice and Bénédict, Candide, and Acis and Galatea; Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Don Jose in Carmen, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Pylade in Iphigénie en Tauride, Narraboth in Salome, Gerald in Lakmé, Fenton in Falstaff, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Aschenbach in Death in Venice. He also created the role of Gilbert Griffiths in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera.