American bass Kevin Burdette made his Seattle Opera debut as Mustafà in Rossini’s Italiana in Algeri in October 2006. He returned two months later to sing Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. His many roles at New York City Opera include Pallante in Handel’s Agrippina, Mago in Handel’s Rinaldo, Papageno in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Leporello and Masetto in Don Giovanni, Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, Siroco in Chabrier’s Étoile, Archibald Grovesnor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and Pish-Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado. At the Gotham Chamber Opera, Burdette sang the Priest in Sutermeister’s Schwarze Spinne and Minos in the U.S. premiere of Handel’s Arianna in Creta. Other credits include Siroco with Glimmerglass Opera, Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Lyric Opera of San Antonio, Masetto and Mustafà with Wolf Trap Opera, and Fafner in Wagner’s Rheingold with the Eos Orchestra. Burdette also has performed at Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, and Toledo Opera, among others. An alumnus of the Juilliard Opera Center and the University of Tennessee, Kevin Burdette is a former member of the Opéra National de Paris Young Artists’ Program and San Francisco's Merola Opera Program. He is a recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant Award awarded by the Shoshana Foundation.