2018–19 Season: George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
Tenor William Burden made his San Francisco Opera debut in 1992 as Count Lerma in Don Carlo, and he has returned as Laca in Jenůfa, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Dan Hill in Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier, and Peter in Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, among other roles. He has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Paris Opéra, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Netherlands Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and the Saito Kinen Festival. His repertoire includes the title roles of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Béatrice and Bénédict; Loge in Das Rheingold; Captain Vere in Billy Budd; Aschenbach in Death in Venice; Don José in Carmen; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor; and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. His many recordings include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media). Burden has been a faculty member at the Mannes School of Music since 2015, and this fall he joined the voice faculty of the Juilliard School. Burden created the role of George Bailey for the 2016 world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera.