William Burden

American tenor William Burden made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1992 as Count Lerma (Don Carlo) and has returned as Janek (The Makropulos Case), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), and Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress). Most recently, he created the role of Daniel J. Hill in the Company’s world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and Madrid’s Teatro Real, among others. His many roles include the title roles of Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, Roméo et Juliette, Béatrice and Bénédict, Candide, and Acis and Galatea; Don José in Carmen; Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore; Ferrando in Così fan tutte; Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles; and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. He also created the role of Gilbert Griffiths in Picker’s An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera, Dodge in Hagen’s Amelia at the Seattle Opera, and Nikolaus Sprink in Puts’s Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera. Recent credits include Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Orpheus (Orphée et Eurydice) at Seattle Opera, Lensky (Eugene Onegin) with Cincinnati Opera, the King of Naples in Adès’s The Tempest at the Met, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, and creating the role of Frank Harris in the world premiere of Morrison’s Oscar at the Santa Fe Opera.