Atlanta Opera reels in rising star Kevin Burdette for that Pirates of Penzance

Kevin Burdette
Photograph by Simon Pauly

Because the youngest of 5 kids, Kevin Burdette got attention by looking into making people laugh. Now, at 41, Burdette has generated work within the competitive opera world partly because of his deft physical comedy. “Kevin is the same as an operatic Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin,” states Atlanta Opera director Tomer Zvulun, who handpicked the bass singer to experience the Pirate King within the Pirates of Penzance (March 5, 8, 11-13), a 19th-century Gilbert and Sullivan romp in regards to a youthful pirate who falls for any general’s daughter.

The Brand New You are able to-based Burdette hasn’t performed the title character made famous by Kevin Kline within the 1983 film, but he’s made an appearance because the Sergeant of Police two times and feels ready for that role. “The Pirate King is really fun to experience and sing since the piece is really lively,” Burdette states. “Pirates is sort of a romantic comedy it shows opera could be accessible.” Zvulun concurs, adding that Pirates’ broad appeal is exactly what inspired him to incorporate it within the Atlanta Opera’s season the very first time. “We have to bring opera towards the twenty-first century,Inches he states.

This short article initially made an appearance within our March 2016 issue underneath the headline “Ahoy, Matey”