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KRISTIAN BENEDIKT - Tenor

Kristian Benedikt

Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt has built up a reputation as one of the leading international singers of Verdi’s Otello. He sang this most demanding role more than 120 times: at Opera de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Wiener Staatsoper, Bavarian State Opera Munich, at the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Ekaterinburg, Santiago de Chile, Vilnius, Graz, Basel, Stockholm, Latvian Opera Festival and at

In the nearest future he is going to record Corrado part in A. Ponchielli’s I Lituani, to perform Wagner’s Parsifal and to sing Radames (Aida) at Latvian National Opera in 2021 as well as Calaf (Turandot), Canio (Pagliacci), Samson, Otello, Manrico (Il trovatore) in Lithuania, Italy, Australia, Korea and Gala concert in Peter Dvorsky Festival in Chechia.

His past engagements include Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) in Lisbon and Porto (Portugal), Herman at Vilnius City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. 2020 is market by a double debut of Kristian in Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) at Bilbao Opera with Bryn Terfel. In 2020, he sang Calaf at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Mahler‘s Das Lied von der Erde at Vilnius Festival (cond. M. Pitrėnas), Beethoven‘t the 9th with Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (cond. G. Rinkevičius) and Tenoriada concerts.

In 2018 Kristian made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with the role of Samson (Samson et Dalila), and in 2019 he debuted as Andrea Chenier at the Trieste Teatro Verdi and as Calaf at the Teatre Colón along with Maria Guleghina. He also sang Calaf at Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (dir. R. Willson), Samson and Herman (with Asmik Grigorian) at Vilnius City Opera, and a Gala concert in Pažaislis festival. Benedikt‘s first CD was released in 2019 by DELOS.

During his latest seasons Benedikt sung at the Wiener Staatspoer (Otello), London Royal Covent Garden Opera (Canio), Mariinsky Theatre (Otello, Samson, Lohengrin), Teatro Municipal de Santiago Chile (Otello, Calaf), Beijing NCPA (Samson), Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (Herman), Hungarian National Opera (Otello, Herman), Torino Regio (Samson), Barcelona Liceo (Rienzi), Bergamo Opera (Cavaradossi), Dresden Semperoper (Otello), Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet theatre (Alfredo, Corrado, Don Jose, Pinkerton, Duca, Eleazar, Otello, Ernani, Siegmund, Calaf), Finland National Opera (Dick Johnson), Odeon in Odense (Siegmund), Vilnius City Opera (Des Grieux, Samson), Macedonian National Opera (Calaf), Savonlinna Festival (Otello), Al Bustan Festival (Otello), Festival Opera pa Skaret (Don Jose, Edgardo) etc.

He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Marcello Votti, Riccardo Chailly, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carigniani, Asher Fisch, Renato Palumbo, Valeri Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov and is working with stage directors like Giancarlo del Monaco, Damiano Michieletto, Willy Decker, David Alden, Calixto Bieito, Hugo de Ana, Dmitri Bertman, Eimuntas Nekrošius and Pier Francesco Maestrini.

As a concert singer he has sung among others in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Webber’s Requiem.

During 2008-2018 Benedikt has worked with famous Italian tenor Gianfranco Cecchele, paying special attention to the Italian opera and taking over vocal tradition of Mario del Monaco. He has also studied with Virgilijus Noreika, Jaakko Ryhänen and Robert Lloyd.

Repertoire – Kristian Benedikt – Tenor

Opera

Composer Work Role
Bellini, V. Norma Pollione
G. Bizet Carmen Don José
G. Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
Giordano, U. Andrea Chénier Andrea Chénier
Halevy, J. I pagliacci Canio
Leoncavallo, R. La Boheme Marcello
Mascagni, P. Cavalleria rusticana Turiddu
Massenet, J. Manon Des Grieux
Offenbach, J. Contes d’Hoffmann Hoffmann
Ponchielli, A. La Gioconda
I lituani
Enzo
Corrado
Puccini, G. La fanciulla del West
Madama Butterfly
Manon Lescaut
Il tabaro
Tosca
Turandot
Dick Johnson
Pinkerton
Des Grieux
Luigi
Cavaradossi
Calaf
Saint-Saens, C. Samson et Dalila Samson
Tchaikovsky, P. I. Eugene Onegin
The Queen of Spades
Lensky
Herman
Verdi, G. Aida
Don Carlo
Ernani
La forza del destino
Otello
Il trovatore
Radames
Don Carlo
Ernani
Don Alvaro
Otello
Manrico
Wagner, R. Der fliegende Holländer
Lohengrin
Parsifal
Rienzi
Tannhäuser
Walküre
Erik
Lohengrin
Parsifal
Rienzi
Tannhäuser
Siegmund

Concerts/Oratorio

Composer
Beethoven, L.van Christ on the Mount of Olives
Missa Solemnis
9th Symphony
Dvorak, A. Requiem
Händel, G.F. Messiah
Mahler, G. Das Lied von der Erde
Rachmaninov, S. The Bells
Rossini, G. Petite Messe Solenelle
Stabat Mater
Stravinsky, I. Oedipus Rex
Verdi, G. Requiem
Webber, A. L. Requiem

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