Former Knoxvillian and bass Kevin Burdette, the subject of my Metro Pulse profile in April, 2010, is spending time this summer at the Santa Fe Opera doing roles in two productions--three roles, actually.
In the world premiere of Oscar, composer Theodore Morrison's new work based on the life of Oscar Wilde, Burdette sings two roles: Mr Justice Sir Alfred Wills and Henry B. Isaacson, Governor of Reading Gaol. The title role is being sung by countertenor David Daniels.
In Jacques Offenbach's The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Burdette sings the role of General Boum. The production is starring soprano Susan Graham in the title role.
Burdette was last seen by Knoxville audiences in 2010 in Knoxville Opera's The Barber of Seville singing the comic role of Bartolo. In my review of that performance, I unabashedly wrote:
Burdette is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the 2013-14 season.If there is such a thing as comedic gravity, bass Kevin Burdette has it. His Dr. Bartolo was not the fat, pompous snob and buffoon that one often sees in the role. Instead, he was a rail-thin, loose-jointed fop with almost cartoon-like villainy and wildly animated comedic gestures. Frankly, Burdette possesses a theatrical ability rarely found on the opera stage. When coupled with his incredibly solid, rich bass, it sets him apart as a performer with an exciting future.