Kristian Benedikt (tenor)
“…And of course the effect is powered by the voice of a tenor as Kristian Benedikt (Otello), beautiful color dark and powerful ring, which has extensive guarantees of temperament and seal.” (Il Corriere della sera)
Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt has built up a reputation as one of the leading international singers of Verdi’s “Otello”. He has sung this most demanding role more than 100 times: at Wiener Staatsoper, Bavarian State Opera Munich, at the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Ekaterinenburg, Santiago de Chile, Vilnius, Graz, Basel, Stockholm, Latvian Opera Festival and at Victoria’s Pacific Opera, Montreal Opera, Savonlinna Festival etc.
During the last two years he has debuted in London Royal Opera in the role of Canio (Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci”), sang Otello in Wiener Staatspoer, Hungarian National Opera, Al Bustan Festival and in a production of Salzburg Easter festival. His repertoire includes also Samson (Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Delila”), Herman (Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades”), debuted in Macedonian National Opera with Calaf (Puccini’s “Turandot”), also sang Siegmund (Wagner’s “Die Walküre”), Don José (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Puccini’s Cavaradossi (“Tosca”) and Dick Johnson (“La fanciulla del West”), Verdi’s Radames (“Aida”) and Manrico (“Il trovatore”), Eleazar (Halevy’s “La juive”), Edgardo (Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”), the title roles in Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier”, Verdi’s “Ernani”, Wagner’s “Rienzi” and “Lohengrin” as well as Hoffmann in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” among others.
He began his career at 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 Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and in most opera houses of the Baltic countries.
He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Marco Armiliato, Marcello Votti, Riccardo Chailly, Maurizio Barbacini, Paolo Carigniani, Asher Fisch, Renato Palumbo, Valeri Gergiev, Alexander Vedernikov and is working with stage directors like Giancarlo del Monaco, Damiano Michieletto, Willy Decker, David Alden, Calixto Bieito, Hugo de Ana, Dmitri Bertman, Eimuntas Nekrošius and Pier Francesco Maestrini.