Tenor Kristian Benedikt has recently debuted at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Samson in “Samson et Dalila” and will return in Fall 2019 as Herman in Tschaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”.
The artist built up a reputation as one of the leading singers of the title role in Verdi’s Otello. With this role he gave his debut at Semperoper Dresden in March 2018. Before this he has performed the role over 100 times in opera houses and at festivals such as Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, at Savonlinna Opera Festival, at the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, Montreal Opera, at Beirut’s Al Bustan festival, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Ekaterinenburg, Santiago de Chile, Vilnius, Graz, Basel Stockholm, at the Latvian Opera Festival or at Victoria’s Pacific Opera.
Other engagements include Hermann in The Queen of Spades at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and Siegmund in Die Walküre conducted by Alexander Vedernikov in Odense for the opening of the new opera house.
Highlights of past seasons include Canio in I Pagliacci at London’s Covent Garden conducted by Antonio Pappano, Samson in Samson and Dalila in Turin conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, Hermann in The Queen of Spades in Budapest and Lucerne, Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, the title role of Lohengrin, Samson in Samson et Dalila, Calaf in Turandot at Macedonian National Opera, Siegmund in Die Walküre in Odense, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, as well as roles like Eleazar in La Juive, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Dick Johanson in La Fanciulla del West, the title roles in Andrea Chenier, Ernani, Rienzi, Edgaro in Lucia di Lammermoor or Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Munich, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Beijing, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Budapest, Amsterdam, Tallin, Barcelona, Bergamo, Palermo and other places.
Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt started his carrier in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre where he performed more than 20 different roles. Starting out his career as a lyrical tenor, he made his first international experiences recording Ponchielli’s La Gioconda conducted by Marcello Viotti next to Placido Domingo and in Amsterdam’s Don Carlo conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Subsequently he was guesting at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, at most opera houses of the Baltic countries.
He has performed under the baton of conductors including Marcello Votti, Riccardo Chailly, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carigniani, Asher Fisch, Renato Palumbo, Valeri Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov and is working with stage directors like Willy Decker, David Alden, Calixto Bieito, Hugo de Ana, Dmitri Bertman, Eimuntas Nekrošius or Pier Francesco Maestrini.
As a concert singer he performs, among others, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Webber’s Requiem.
In March 2019 Mr.Benedikt sang in the concert “Viva Verdi!” produced by Matthew Laifer Artists Management at the National Opera Center in New York City. As the reviewer said, “the singers were able to successfully summon the entire opera in a single aria or duet—it was like feeling the ocean in a single wave”. And more specifically, “Kristian Benedikt, used his fine instrument with gravitas as he interpreted “La vita è inferno…O tu che in seno agli angeli” from La Forza del Destino.” (Voce di Meche)
On the American continent, tenor Kristian Benedikt is represented by Matthew Laifer Artists Management.