Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt began his career at the National Opera of Vilnius, Lithuania, where he performed more than 20 roles. Although he began his career as a lyric tenor, Kristian Benedikt has recently established himself as one of the world’s most promising and exciting dramatic tenors of his
generation. In 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). Also, in June 2013 he had his debut as Rienzi (title role) in Liceu de Barcelona.
Kristian Benedikt’s operatic repertoire features some of the most demanding tenor roles, such as Manrico/Il Trovatore, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Canio/I Pagliacci, Giordano/Andrea Chenier, Siegmund/Die Walküre, Calaf/Turandot,
the title roles in Rienzi and Dick Johnson/La Fanciulla del West. At the same time, he continues to also sing more lyric roles, such as Edgardo/Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. As a guest artist, Mr. Benedikt has performed 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. On the concert stage he has performed Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of
Christ, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, and Webber’s Requiem. 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