Kristian Benedikt in Otello

Kristian Benedikt as OTELLO.

Kristian Benedikt, Tenor

is making a serious reputation in the title role of Verdi's Otello, with a good number of performances coming up with the Lithuanian National Opera, Vilnius: November 12, December 14, 2011; January 21, February 22, March 22 and May 23, 2012.

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Kristian Benedikt made his debut as an opera soloist at the Lithuanian National Opera in 1994. There he sang 20 roles including Cassio in Otello, Barinkay in Gypsy Baron, Alfredo in La Traviata, Kastytis in Jurate ir Kastytis, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, while also singing at the Kaunas Music Theatre.

In 2002, he stepped into the studio for the first time at the Munich Rundfunk Orchestra, where he recorded the role of Isepo in Ponchielli's La Gioconda with Placido Domingo and Violeta Urmana, under the baton of Maestro Viotti.

In 2004 his international breakthrough came at Netherlands Opera (DNO) with Rolando Villazon, and under the baton of Riccardo Chailly in Verdi's Don Carlos. Following this was his debut at the Mariinsky Theatre as Don José in Carmen, and Canio in Pagliacci in 2006 at the Estonian National Opera.

From 2007 to 2009 he has been a regular guest with most of the Opera houses in the Baltic countries and Finland in roles such as Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, The Duke in Rigoletto, Manrico in Il Trovatore and Alfredo in La Traviata.

Mr. Benedikt's 2010 season includes debuts in six roles as Andrea Chenier, Des Grieux ( Massenet's Manon), Corrado (Ponchielli's I Lituani), Radames (Aida), the title role in Otello and Eleazar in Halevy's La Juive. He will also sing Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and The Duke in Rigoletto.

Tenor, Kristian Benedikt

Tenor, Kristian Benedikt

Kristian Benedikt in Otello

Tenor Benedikt seen here as Otello with Lithuanian National Opera.

In 2010/11, tenor Benedikt sings the role of Eleazar in La Juive, the title role in Otello, Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and as Calaf in Turandot with the Danish Royal Opera. He sings Don Jose in Carmen with the Skarlet Opera, Sweden, portrays the title role in Otello and Eleazar in La Juive at the Ljubliana Festival in September 2011.

Kristian Benedikt has sung under the baton of several famous conductors including M. Viotti, R. Chailly, P. Domingo.



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