"Burdette’s height, sonorous voice and arresting acting, all add to the staging of Claggart’s electrifying soliloquy, as effective a measure of Claggart’s dark soul as I have ever seen presented on the opera stage" -Opera Warhorses

"Bass Kevin Burdette provides a terrifying portrayal of the villainous master-at-arms John Claggart, a character Melville described as 'naturally depraved.' Burdette’s monologue over the sleeping Billy at the end of Act I and his accusation scene (which precedes his unintentional killing at Billy’s hands) are both chilling. His musicality and diction are always impeccable." -Weekly Register-Call

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