"...And of course the effect is powered by the voice of a tenor as Kristian Benedikt (Otello), beautiful color dark and powerful ring, which has extensive guarantees of temperament and seal." (Il Corriere della sera)
Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt began his career at the National Opera of Vilnius, Lithuania, where he sang more than 20 roles. Although he began his career as a lyric tenor, over the last years Kristian Benedikt has established himself as one of the world's most promising and exciting dramatic tenors of his generation.
Recently (April 2013) Benedikt had his successful debut at Bayerische Staatsoper München as Otello – a role he also sung in Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Ekaterinburg and will sing in Vilnius (2013/14), in Santiago (July/August 2014), and in Basel (2014/15). More future engagements in 2013/2014 include the title roles of Ernani, Lohengrin and Otello as well as the roles of Eleazar/La Juive, Radames/Aida, and Don José/Carmen.
His operatic repertoire features moreover some of the most demanding roles, such as Manrico/Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Canio/I Pagliacci, Giordano/Andrea Chenier, Siegmund/Die Walküre, Calaf/Turandot, he title role in Rienzi and Dick Johnson/La Fanciulla del West. He continues, nonetheless, to also sing in parallel fashion other more lyric roles, such as Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. As a guest, Mr. Benedikt has sung at such prestigious venues as the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg; the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen; the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki; the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn; Liceu theatre in Barcelona; and the theaters of Piacenza, Modena and Cagliari in Italy.
His international breakthrough came in 2002 at Munich Rundfunk Orchestra where he recorded Ponchielli’s La Gioconda with M. Viotti and P. Domingo. In 2004 at Nederlandse Opera (DNO-Amsterdam) he sang in Verdi's Don Carlos with R. Chailly. Other highlights following were singing Don José/Carmen in 2005 at the Mariinsky theatre, and Canio/I Pagliacci in 2006 at Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. From 2007 to 2009 he was a regular guest with mostof the operas in the Baltic Countries in roles such as Hoffmann/Les contes d’Hoffmann, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Duca/ Rigoletto, Manrico/Trovatore and Alfredo/La Traviata.
In 2009 he had his debut in Verdi‘s Requiem with European Union Choir and the 2009/10 season included importantdebuts in four roles as Andrea Chenier, Des Grieux/Manon, Corrado in Ponchielli's I Lituani and as Pinkerton/Madama Butterfly. In 2010/11 he sang successfully Eleazar/La Juive, the title role in Otello, Turiddu/Cavalleria Rusticana, and Calaf/Turandot at Opera houses in Russia, Baltic Countries and at the DanishRoyal Opera. Furthermore he sang Don Jose in Sweden Opera festival.
Last season Benedikt made his debut as Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor as well as he sang many concerts andperformances of Otello, Eleazar, Jose, Des Grieux, Manrico, Siegmund/Die Walküre in various opera houses. Healso performed Dick Johnson/La Fanciulla del West at the Finland National Opera.On the concert stage Kristian Benedikt has sung Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Requiem, amongst other works. He has also taken part in several oratorio performances, such as Handel's Messiah, Mahler‘s Das lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov's The bells, and Webber‘s Requiem.
Mr. Benedikt has sung under the baton of several famous conductors including M. Viotti, R.Chailly, A. Hold Garrido, M.Barbacini, P.Carigniani, A. Fisch, G.M.Bisanti and worked with great stage directors such as W.Decker, D.Bertman, A.Bernard, E.Nekrošius, P.F.Maestrini, and I.Uschakov.
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