From the time of his professional operatic debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2002 as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, bass Burak Bilgili has had tremendous success singing in internationally renowned venues such as the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall of New York, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera in Toronto, Liceu de Barcelona, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Caramoor Festival, Savonlinna Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, working wish such conductors as Evenlino Pidò, Nicola Luisotti, and Alberto Zedda. Burak will return to Atlanta Symphony to sing the Mozart Requiem. Most recent engagements have included Escamillo at Opera di Firenze, L’italiana in Algier in Montpellier, Frer Laurent in Beijing at NCPA, and Don Pasquale in Ft. Worth. He debuted Cologne as Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino and L’Opera de Tours as Mustafa in L’italiana in Algieri, and performed Nilakantha in Lakme at the Royal Opera of Oman. He has also performed Nabucco (Zaccaria) at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Rigoletto (Sparafucile) in Mexico, Messiah by Haendel with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Norma (Oroveso) at Miami Opera, Luisa Miller (Conte di Walter) at Staatsoper in Hamburg, Romeo et Juliette (Laurent) and Don Pasquale with Atlanta Opera. Prior to that notable engagements were Zaccaria in Nabucco at Washington Opera, Ramfis in Aida with Edmonton Opera, Procida in Vespri Siciliani with the Caramoor Festival, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Avignon, his San Francisco Opera debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Fiesco in Simon Boccangra for L’Opéra de Montréal. He will return to Cincinnati Opera as Basilio in The Barber of Seville and Michigan Opera Theatre as Don Pasquale.
Recent concert engagements include Dvoák’s Stabat Mater with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with the Atlanta Symphony, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Istanbul Symphony State Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Washington National Orchestra, as well as Ramfis in Aida with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Omaha Lyric Opera, Colline in La Bohème at Naples Opera, Nourabad in Les Pécheurs de perles at Miami Lyric Opera, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio) at Canadian Opera Company, and the title role in Don Pasquale at Cincinnati Opera. Up and coming engagements include Basilio with Cincinnati Opera and a return to Altanta Symphony Orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem.