NICK SHADOW

"Bass Kevin Burdette arrived as the devilish Nick Shadow, who brings news that a forgotten uncle has left Tom a fortune. Bent on claiming Tom's soul, Shadow offers to show him the ways of the world in London, and Mr. Burdette, singing with earthy power and flair, was slyly demonical." -New York Times

"Best of all, however, was Kevin Burdette as Nick Shadow. His first appearance, appropriately enough, was as just a silhouette (a nifty trick of Norman Coates's lighting design), but upon his actual entrance, he commanded the proceedings. Burdette's Nick cut a fiendishly dashing figure, everything about him sharply delineated - his diction, his gestures and his penetratingly pointed bass. At times, Burdette dominated scenes merely by observing the goings-on with a wryly arched eyebrow. In Shadow's final aria after Tom has defeated him at cards, Burdette's bemused detachment turned to magnificent fury." -Opera News

"As the demonic Nick Shadow, Kevin Burdette had a commanding baritone juxtaposed against dramatic points effectively made with glances, nuances, and a restrained physical vocabulary." -Philadelphia Inquirer

"Likewise spectacular was Kevin Burdette in the role of Nick Shadow, i.e., Old Nick, the Devil, whose ruin of Tom is easy work. Seldom has the Devil come across with such suavity and charisma, and with such nice vocal heft." -Princeton Packet

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