FREDERICK BURCHINAL – baritone
One of today's leading dramatic baritones, Frederick Burchinal has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Mr. Burchinal made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1988 as Macbeth and has maintained a continuous presence with the company ever since. Additional roles at the MET have included the title roles of Simon Bocccanegra and Rigoletto; Alfio/Tonio in Cav/Pag, Amonasro in Aida, Scarpia in Tosca, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
Recent seasons have brought him back to the Metropolitan as the Grand Pretre in a new production of Samson et Dalila with Placido Domingo, Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande and the title role in a new production of Nabucco; all three productions conducted by James Levine. In 2001and 2002, he sang in both opening night Galas conducted by James Levine and in the benefit performance for the victims of the World Trade Center attack.
Recent Met highlights include his first performances of Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Tomsky in Pique Dame and Capulet in Romeo et Juliette. He has also sung the title role in a new production of Falstaff with the opera of Sao Paulo, Brazil and with Spoleto Festival USA , Un Ballo in Maschera with the Semperoper Dresden; and a revival of La Gioconda with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also sang in the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala in November 2002, which was broadcast worldwide. He made his Asian debut in 2003 with the Opera of South Korea singing the title role in Rigoletto.
He made his Ravinia Festival debut as Iago in Otello and returns there in 2007 for Butterfly. He also sang Iago in Otello for New Orleans Opera and at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile. In 2006-07 season he returned to the MET roster for to sing La Gioconda and Il Tabarro and and also sings Macbeth with the Florentine Opera. He will be Michele in Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi with New Orleans Opera in November 2007. He returns to Palm Beach to sing sing Germont in 2008.
Within the last five seasons, he has also sung Nabucco in Seville, Frankfurt, and Berlin; Tosca in Palermo, Italy, Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Un Ballo in Maschera with the SemperOper Dresden; Adriana Lecouvreur in Las Palmas; Il Trovatore in Tenerife; the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, McGill University in Montreal, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Luisa Miller in Montpellier, France; Mahagonny at Royal Albert Hall broadcast by the BBC; Otello with the Cleveland Opera; Weill's Propheten and Parsifal with the Bochum Symphony; Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix with Washington Concert Opera; and Cav/Pag with the Palm Beach Opera.
During the 1999-2000 season, he also sang the American premiere of Kurt Weill's Die Burgschaft with the Spoleto Festival USA conducted by Julius Rudel, which resulted in a world premiere recording of the work by EMI.
He has also appeared at the Paris Opera, Bastille as Simon Boccanegra, with the Theatre Royal de Ia Monnaie at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as lago, with the Israel Philharmonic as Rigoletto, and at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago as Ezio in Attila. He has been a frequent guest at the opera companies of Dusseldorf (Rigoletto, Macbeth La Traviata, Aida, Don Carlo, Tosca, Amfortas in Parsifal and I Puritani), Cologne (Boccanegra, Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress, Lucia di Lammermoor), Berlin (Aida and Lucia); Frankfurt (Otello, Macbeth, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Pagliacci, and Agamemnon in Iphigenie en Aulide) Montpellier (Macbeth and La Forza del Destino); Royal Opera at Sadlers Wells (Scrooge in Musgrave's A Christmas Carol), Nice (Forza), the VARA radio at the Concertgebouw (Barnaba in La Gioconda), Amsterdam (Madama Butterfly), Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin (Tosca and Iphigenie en Aulide), Zurich (Di Luna in II Trovatore), Glasgow Scottish Opera (I Due Foscari), and with Copenhagen Royal Opera(Traviata and Don Carlos).
In America, he has appeared with the operas of Miami (La Gioconda, Falstaff, Don Carlos, and Lucia), Pittsburgh (Adriana, Faust, Cav/Pag, Il Trovatore), New York City Opera (La Fanciulla del West, Attila, Tosca, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Rake's Progress), San Francisco Opera (Simon Boccanegra, Billy Budd), Grand Rapids (Aida) and Dallas (Rigoletto).
He created and recorded the role of Scrooge in Musgrave's A Christmas Carol at the Virginia Opera, which was filmed in London for Granada Television. He also won acclaim on Broadway as Tony in The Most Happy Fella.
His discography includes recordings of Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol and Kurt Weill's Die Burgschaft.