Tenor William Burden To Join the Juilliard Voice Faculty Beginning Fall of 2018

Monday, Feb 19, 2018
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William Burden

NEW YORK –– Juilliard announces the appointment of tenor William Burden to Juilliard’s voice faculty in Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. Mr. Burden’s appointment will begin in fall of 2018. Mr. Burden has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Glyndebourne, Santa Fe Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others.

His many roles include the title roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, The Rake’s Progress, Pelléas et Mélisande, and Candide, as well as Don José in Carmen, Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Loge in Das Rheingold, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He has also created roles in new operas by Jake Heggie, Mark Adamo, Christopher Theofanidis, and Tobias Picker.

In concert, Mr. Burden has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Houston symphony orchestras, at the Edinburgh Festival, and on tour with Les Arts Florissants.

His recordings include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Barber’s Vanessa (in the role of Anatol) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos), and Musique adorable!: The Songs of Emmanuel Chabrier (Hyperion). He also appeared in the Met Opera’s live HD broadcast of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest.

This season, Mr. Burden creates the role of Dr. Robert Knox in the premiere of Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare and sings Florestan in performances of Fidelio with Boston Baroque. He also appears in concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Music of the Baroque.

Raised in Florida, Mr. Burden received his master’s degree in vocal performance from Indiana University; he was also a member of the Merola Program in San Francisco and at the Apprentice Artists Program at Santa Fe Opera. He has taught at both the Mannes School in New York and at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He also served as artist in residence at the 2017 Glimmerglass Festival.


About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard

Brian Zeger, Artistic Director

One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to an advanced Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City. Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire.

Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Leontyne Price, Renée Fleming, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, Simon Estes, and Shirley Verrett. Recent alumni include Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Paul Appleby, Erin Morley, Sasha Cooke, and Julia Bullock.

Recognized as one of today’s leading collaborative pianists, Brian Zeger has performed with many of the world’s greatest singers in an extensive concert career that has taken him to the premiere concert halls throughout the United States and abroad. Recent recordings include Preludios – Spanish songs with Isabel Leonard, a recording of Strauss and Wagner lieder with Adrianne Pieczonka, Dear Theo: 3 Song Cycles by Ben Moore (Delos) with Paul Appleby, Susanna Phillips, and Brett Polegato, and All Who Wander, a recital disc with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. For more information about Mr. Zeger’s activities, please visit his website, brianzeger.com.

About The Juilliard School

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries are enrolled at The Juilliard School, where they appear in over 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen Halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world.

Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.

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