Frederick Burchinal

International dramatic baritone, Frederick Burchinal with a forty-year professional career has appeared as a leading Verdi baritone with opera companies throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Asia and South America. After a ten year engagement with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1988 in the title role as Macbeth and maintained a continuous presence with the company for twenty-two years singing leading dramatic baritone roles including the title roles of Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, and Nabucco, along with other major roles to include Baron Scarpia in Tosca, Tonio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Michele in Il Tabarro, Iago in Otello, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Gerard in Andrea Chenier, and the Grand Pretre in Samson et Dalila.

Burchinal's European engagements have included the opera houses in Paris, London, Berlin, Seville, Palermo, Zurich, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Frankfurt with additional international opera engagements across five continents. He has performed at the Ravinia Festival the roles of Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Iago in Otello with James Conlon conducting the Chicago Symphony. He has had the privilege of singing with other renown conductors such as James Levine, Maurizio Arena, Nello Santi, Anton Coppola, Joseph Rescigno, Anton Guadagno, Gian Franco Masini, Carlo Rizzi, Alberto Zedda, and Pierre Boulez. He has shared the stage as a leading artist with these opera legends: Placido Domingo, Giuseppe Giacomini, Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Cornell MacNeil, Martina Arroyo, Joan Sutherland, Cesare Siepi, Margaret Price, Renata Scotto, Renato Bruson, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Samuel Ramey, Nicolai Ghiarov, Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Denyce Graves, and many more.

His repertoire includes over one hundred roles that includes a Broadway debut at the Majestic Theatre in the title role of The Most Happy Fella by Frank Loesser. He has appeared in a number of world premieres and was honored to have Thea Musgrave's Christmas Carol written for him to portray Ebenezer Scrooge. He now fulfills the positions of Director of Opera and Professor of Voice at the University of Georgia where he shares his years of experience with the opera hopefuls of the future and gives Master Classes internationally.