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Kristian Benedikt is making his HGO debut. Recent career highlights include his 2018 debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Samson and Delilah and his 2019 return to the Met for the same production as well as for The Queen of Spades. His signature role is the title character in Otello, which he performed over 100 times in Vienna, Dresden, Verona, Munich, Savonlinna, at St. Petersburg, Montreal, Beirut, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Santiago de Chile, Victoria, Vilnius, Graz, Basel, and Stockholm. Highlights of past seasons include The Flying Dutchman in Bilbao; Die Walküre in Odense; The Queen of Spades in Moscow, Budapest, and Lucerne; Pagliacci in London; Samson and Dalilah in Turin; Carmen, Tosca, Lohengrin, Samson and Dalila, and Turandot at Macedonian National Opera; and Madame Butterfly, La Juive, Il trovatore, La fanciulla del West, Andrea Chenier, Ernani, Rienzi, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Tales of Hoffman in Munich, Konstanz, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Beijing, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Budapest, Amsterdam, Tallinn, Barcelona, Bergamo, and Palermo. After starting his carrier in Vilnius he made his first international appearances recording Ponchielli’s La Gioconda conducted by Marcello Viotti next to Placido Domingo. Subsequently he performed in St. Petersburg and at most of the opera houses of the Baltic countries. As a concert singer he has performed Verdi’s and Webber’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Rachmaninov’s The Bells.

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