Kristian Benedikt

Kristian Benedikt

Dramatic/Heroic Tenor (Heldentenor)

The Lithuanian has a dark-timbred Heldentenor that does not only belt out the “Esultate” with brilliant victory,
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«“Engaging Kristian Benedikt, who already sang Otello in Vilnius, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari, Ekaterinburg, Brisbane, St. Petersburg, München, Santiago and Basel, proved to be a real gain. The Lithuanian has a dark-timbred Heldentenor that does not only belt out the “Esultate” with brilliant victory, but lets us hear Otello's tortured soul already. Benedikt is endowed with almost neverending vocal resources, capable of enormously passionate attacks, recalling the legendary Ramón Vinay with his highly intensive, nervous outbursts of dark glowing sound. But he doesn't show off, instead he is using his vocal powers to highlight only particular moments of the piece, often reducing to mezzoforte and piano to reveal Otello's inner tremble.”»
Kleine Zeitung, Nachtkritik von Ernst Naredi-Rainer, OTELLO Graz, 13.2.2015 (2017)
«"…And, of course, the effect is enhanced by a voice of a tenor, like Kristian Benedikt (Ottelo), which is emotionally coloured, deep sounding, fulfilling temperament and soul warranty."»
Corriere della sera, 16mar, 2013 (2017)
«“Kristian Benedikt is an ideal Otello. The tenor is endowed with a powerful voice, precise height and baritonal depth, he poignantly embodies Otello`s delusion, vulnerability and violence. He is virtually living Otello.”»
Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, 1.12.2014 (2017)
2018Bizet: CarmenDon José
2018Verdi: OtelloOtello
2017Verdi: OtelloOtello
2017Bizet: CarmenDon José
2017Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Hermann
2017Verdi: AidaRadamès
2017Lieder RecitalTenor
2017Verdi: RequiemTenor
2017Saint-Saëns: Samson et DalilaSamson
2017Leoncavallo: PagliacciCanio
2016Puccini: ToscaMario Cavaradossi
2016Leoncavallo: PagliacciCanio
2016Puccini: TurandotCalaf
2016Verdi: Il TrovatoreManrico
2016Saint-Saëns: Samson et DalilaSamson
2015Halévy: La JuiveEléazar
2015Verdi: ErnaniErnani
2015Puccini: Madama ButterflyPinkerton
2014Wagner: Die WalküreSiegmund
2014Wagner: LohengrinLohengrin
2014Giordano: Andrea ChénierAndrea Chénier
2013Puccini: Manon LescautChevalier Des Grieux
2013Wagner: RienziRienzi
2012Puccini: La Fanciulla del WestDick Johnson
2012Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorSir Edgardo Di Ravenswood
2009Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannHoffmann


Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt has built up a reputation as one of the leading international singers of Verdi's Otello. He sang this most demanding role about 85 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, Latvian Opera Festival and at Victoria’s Pacific Opera. In 2016 he will perform Otello at Montreal Opera, at Beirut’s Al Bustan festival, at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.Other future engagements in 2016 include Siegmund in Die Walküre in Odense and at Mariinsky, Samson inSamson et Dalila, the title role in Puccini’s Edgar at Dortumund’s Opera festival Klangvokal, Corrado in Ponchielli's opera I Lituani and debut in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlo.Highlights of past seasons are Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Samson in Samson et Dalila, Calaf in Turandot, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Canio in I Pagliacci, as well as roles like Eleazar in La Juive, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Dick Johanson in La Fanciulla del West, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the title roles in Andrea Chenier, Ernani, Rienzi, Lohengrin and Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Munich, Saint Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Beijing, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Tallinn, Barcelona, Bergamo, Palermo 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. Subesequently he was guesting Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, at most opera houses of the Baltic countries.He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Marcello Votti, 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 has sung among others in Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Rachmaninov’s The Bells and Webber’s Requiem.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bizet: Carmen Don José Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre 2018
Verdi: Otello Otello Teatro Filarmonico Verona 2018
Verdi: Otello Otello Immediately Budapest Opera National 2017
Bizet: Carmen Don José Immediately Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre 2017
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama) Hermann Immediately Budapest Opera National 2017


Soloist of 2011 (Lithuania)