Kevin Daniel Burdette (’97)

Category: Alumni Promise | Awards

American bass Kevin Burdette has impressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his voice and dramatic characterizations. The San Francisco Chronicle called his Leporello in Don Giovanni “a tour de force of vocal splendor and comic timing,” and the New York Times dubbed him “the Robin Williams of opera.” He was featured as Stefano in Adès’ The Tempest with the Metropolitan Opera, which was recorded by Deutsch Grammophon and received a Grammy Award for best opera recording in addition to a Diapason d’Or from the French magazine Diapason.

Burdette has a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Juilliard School and two bachelor’s degrees from UT—one through the College Scholars program and one in music with a minor in history. He also has a law degree from Columbia University, where he was a James Kent Scholar.

Burdette has worked as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra de Montréal, and Opera Philadelphia, among many others.

His concert engagements have included solo work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural Biennial).

A member of the New York Bar, Burdette practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton, where in addition to his work for corporate clients he provided pro bono legal counsel to arts organizations. Burdette continues to provide legal counsel free of charge to artists and small businesses in the arts and appears as a guest lecturer on intellectual property issues.
Kevin Daniel Burdette
2013 Alumni Promise Award Winner