Benjamin Hulett
tenor
biography

The young British tenor Benjamin Hulett studied Music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and Opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

 

He was a soloist at the Hamburg State Opera from 2005 to 2009 and has achieved great success in lyric roles from Tamino (Die Zauberfloete) and Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte) to Steuermann (Die Fliegende Hollaender) and Novice (Billy Budd). He made his debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich in Handel’s Alcina, at Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke‘s Die Besessennen, Baden Baden Festspielhaus in Salome, returning for Die Zauberflote, Salzburger Festspiele in Elektra, Buxton Opera Festival in Lortzing’s Der Wildschutz, Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone at Opera Rennes, for Grange Park Opera as Ferrando and has returned to Hamburg as Tamino and Narraboth (Salome). He made his debuts with Opera North as Peter Quint (The Turn of The Screw), Berliner Staatsoper as Hippolyt in Henze’s Phaedra, Fenton in Falstaff for Opera Holland Park, in Sir Jonathan Miller’s St Matthew Passion at the National Theatre, Die Frau Ohne Schatten under Vladimir Jurowski in Amsterdam, the title role of J.C.Bach’s Lucio Silla for Salzburg Mozartwochen under Bolton, Tamino Die Zauberflote with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Rattle and as Madwoman Curlew River for Rome Opera under James Conlon.

 

As a concert performer he has worked with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis, Phillippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuelle Haim, Markus Stenz, Ivor Bolton, Jeffrey Tate, Simone Young, Frans Brueggen, Jaap van Zweden and Fabio Biondi amongst others at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Holland Festival, Musikfest Bremen and many other leading festivals and venues.

 

Increasingly in demand as an interpreter of song, he has performed at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Buxton Festival, Leeds Lieder+, Oxford Lieder Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Henley Festival, Freie Akademie des Kunstes in Hamburg and the Hamburgische Staatsoper collaborating with pianists Andras Schiff, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Simone Young and Alexander Soddy.

 

His growing discography includes Departures, his first solo recital disc including the world premiere of Giles Swayne's The Joys of Travel (Saphrane), Visions Fugitives (Les Illuminations live from the Gergiev Festival also on Saphrane), Britten songs with pianist Malcolm Martineau (Onyx), Messiah and Zumsteeg's Die Geisterinsel (Carus), Israel in Egypt (Maulbronn), The NMC Songbook (winner of Gramophone Award 2009) Songs Before Sleep by Richard Rodney Bennett (NMC), Gouvy's Iphigenie en Tauride (winner of the Orfee D’Or), the role of Paris The Judgement of Paris (Chandos) and Handel’s Alceste with Christian Curnyn (Chandos - winner of the BBC Music Magazine Award for Opera) Handel’s L’Allegro (Carus), Acis and Galatea (Nimbus), Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch (Oxford Lieder Live), Kalitzke’s Die Besessennen (Neos) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis under Herreweghe.

 

Future projects include Francois in Bernstein's A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano, Gonzalve in Ravel's L'heure Espagnol for Rome Opera under Dutoit his first full recital at Wigmore Hall, and debuts for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

 

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