Our opera friend, Jerry Braunstein, reminded us here at the Cafe that bass Kevin Burdette, a native of Knoxville and an alumnus of the UT Opera Theatre and the UT School of Music, has two roles this season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Burdette is currently performing in Richard Strauss' Elektra that will have had six performances in December. He is also scheduled to appear in Shostakovich's The Nose that will premiere on March 5.
Burdette, known for his sense of humor on and off the stage, has performed with a number of opera companies around the U.S. including several productions for New York City Opera. For his role of Archibald in their production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience, The New Yorker music critic Alex Ross had this to say about Burdette.
Burdette appeared with Knoxville Opera Company in 2005 in Donizetti's La fille du régiment.