Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt has built up a reputation as one of the leading singers of he title role in Verdi’s Otello. With this role he gave his debut at Vienna State Opera in February 2017. He sang this most demanding role about 90 times: at Bavarian State Opera Munich, at the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Palermo, Ekaterinenburg, Santiago de Chile, Vilnius, Graz, Basel Stockholm, at the Latvian Opera Festival, at Victoria’s Pacific Opera …
In 2016 he performed more Otello at Montreal Opera, at Beirut’s Al Bustan festival, at Saint Peters-burg’s Mariinsky Theatre and at the Savonlinna Opera festival.
Future engagements include Hermann in Pique Dame in Luzern und Budapest, Otello in St. Petersburg, Siegmund in Die Walküre in Odense, and Cavaradossi in Tosca in Vilnius and at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales.
Highlights of his career include Canio in I Pagliacci at London’s Covent Garden conducted by Antonio Pappano, Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, the title role of Lohengrin, Samson in Samson et Dalila, Calaf in Turandot, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Canio 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 dHoffmann in Munich, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Beijing, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Tallin, Barcelona, Bergamo, Palermo and other places.
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 Viotti, 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.