American tenor William Burden’s upcoming and recent engagements include creating the role of George Bailey in the world premiere of It's a Wonderful Life at the Houston Grand Opera and a return to both Dallas Opera as Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw and the Glimmerglass Festival, where he will serve as the 2017 Artist in Residence and appear in Derrick Wang's Scalia/Ginsburg. The September 2017 performances mark his first appearances with Music of the Baroque.
He has appeared in opera houses around the United States and in Europe, including Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National 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, Théâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid's Teatro Real, the Netherlands Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival. He has sung the title roles in Contes d'Hoffmann, Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, The Rake's Progress, Roméo et Juliette, Béatrice and Bénédict, Candide, and Acis and Galatea. Other roles include Loge in Das Rheingold, Laca in Jenufa, 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 Così fan tutte, Narraboth in Salome, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin.
In concert, William Burden has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Edinburgh Festival, and on tour with Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Barcelona, and Lyon.
His 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.
William Burden performs in Elijah on September 16 and 17.