Benjamin Lewis baritone
Benjamin's time at NOS is generously supported by the Glyndebourne New Generation Programme, Alison and Malcolm Thwaites, the Help Musicians UK Richard Van Allan Award and the Musicians' Company David Goldman Award.
British baritone Benjamin Lewis began singing as a founding member of the Hallé Youth Choir and a student of Patrick McGuigan. After reading Archaeology & Anthropology at Oxford University, he went on to study with Nicholas Powell at the Royal Northern College of Music. His roles have included Buonafede Il mondo della luna, Peter Hansel and Gretel, Sharpless Madam Butterfly, Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro, and whilst in the 2014 Buxton Festival Chorus also covered Count Harasova The Jacobin. He has appeared in three RNCM operas: Boris Paradise Moscow, Belcore L'elisir d'amore and Danilo The Merry Widow. Whilst at the RNCM, he also took roles in numerous opera scenes, including Owen Owen Wingrave, Sid Albert Herring, Cecil Gloriana, Rigoletto, Il Poeta Il Turco in Italia and Lescaut Manon. In 2015, Benjamin was a member of the Glyndebourne Opera Chorus, and in 2016 covered the title role in Eugene Onegin with Garsington Opera, as well as performing in their chorus. Benjamin is also a keen recitalist, most often in partnership with accompanist Eda Seppar, performing songs by composers including Schumann, Loewe, Rimsky-Korsakov and Vaughan-Williams.
He was the winner of the 2014 Frederic Cox Award, the 2015 Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award and the Judges’ Discretionary Prize for ‘showing huge promise as a Verdi Baritone’ at the inaugural Fulham Opera Verdi Prize (2015). Benjamin has received scholarships including the Help Musicians Fleming Award and the Musicians’ Company David Goldman Award, along with awards from the Tillett Trust and the Colin Keer Trust. He is a recipient of an Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship, the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal, the Robin Kay Memorial Prize, and is a Samling Artist.