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Kevin BurdetteKevin Burdette (M.M.)

(M.M.), Lecturer in Applied Voice

University of Tennessee
School of Music
328 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Phone: 865-974-0706
Email: kburdet1@utk.edu

Dubbed “the Robin Williams of opera” by the New York Times, Kevin Burdette has performed at opera houses and concert halls throughout the world. Highlights of his career include operatic performances with, among others, the Metropolitan Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro Colón (in Buenos Aires), Washington National Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, and New York City Opera (where he made his professional debut in 1999 while pursuing his Master’s degree at The Juilliard School) and concert performances under the auspices of, among others, the New York Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert conducting), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic (Gustavo Dudamel conducting), Philharmonia Orchestra (Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting), and National Symphony Orchestra, at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Burdette is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s most respected composers, having created roles for composers such as Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Jake Heggie, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, and Joby Talbot. Mr. Burdette is also a frequent collaborator with Thomas Adès, having performed in the American premiere of Adès’ Exterminating Angel and in Adès’ The Tempest, an opera that Mr. Burdette will be performing again at La Scala in 2022 and in which he performed for the Deutsche Grammophon DVD that won the Grammy for “Best Opera Recording” in 2014.

In addition to his career as an opera singer, Mr. Burdette is a member of the New York bar, having attended Columbia Law School (where he was a James Kent Scholar) and practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and is a father to two children.

  • J.D. in Law - Columbia University (2007)
  • M.M. in Vocal Performance - The Juilliard School (2000)
  • B.A. in College Scholars and B.A. in Music - University of Tennessee (1997)
  • Alla sarabanda: tranquillo by William Bolcom from Suite No. 1 in C Minor. Live performance by Wesley Baldwin at the Society for New Music by Amber Music.

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