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ZACHARY BURGESS, bass-baritone, is a native of Washington D.C. Recently he received First Prize in the Vocal Arts DC Art Song Discovery Competition, and as a result was invited to present solo recitals at the Phillips Collection and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Mr. Burgess was invited to be featured in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem by the Alexandria Choral Society. 

Previous engagements include three appearances with D.C. Public Opera, where he portrayed Guglielmo from Mozart’s Così fan tutte; Masetto from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; and was featured in recital at the Embassy of Austria featuring the works of Franz Schubert. He has performed as bass soloist in Haydn’s The Creation with the Alexandria Choral Society; J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D-major with the Boston Conservatory Chorale; Handel’s Messiah with the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus; Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Eastman Rochester Chorus; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Eastman Rochester Chorus; J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Eastman Chorale. 

While at Eastman School of Music he performed the roles of Frank Maurrant in Street Scene, Zoroastro in Orlando, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia and Keçal in The Bartered Bride.  He has also performed Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Opera del West and the title role in The Mikado and Crébillon in La Rondine at The Boston Conservatory.

Mr. Burgess is an alumnus of the CoOPERAtive Program, SongFest, Green Mountain Opera, as well as the Crescendo Summer Institute where his portrayal of Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni was recorded and broadcast on regional Hungarian TV. Zachary holds his Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory and his Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. This is his first season with Chanticleer.