Benjamin Russell | Baritone

Baritone

Benjamin Russell

L’Olimpiade

Biography

Benjamin studied at the International Opera Studio, Zurich Opera House, having received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he studied with coach Brenda Hurley and teacher Sylvia O'Regan. After Zurich, he joined the ensemble of the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, where his roles included Wolfram von Eschenbach in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Figaro and Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Jeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Fritz Kothner in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He also created the role of Snowman in Søren Nils Eichberg’s Oryx and Crake. Other career highlights include Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh Festival, the recording of which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best opera recording, the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Opera Collective Ireland and his INO debut as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. He performs regularly in concerts, including Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Bach’s Cantata No. 82 with the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Faure’s Requiem with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Recordings include English songs by Finzi and Vaughan Williams with the German pianist Christina Domnick and Stanford songs with pianist Finghin Collins and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty.

March 2024

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