New Zealand-born baritone Benson Wilson is an opera singer of Sāmoan heritage. Benson studied at the University of Auckland, graduating with a BMus, going on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama opera course, where he attained a Masters of Performance (distinction) and a Concert Recital Diploma. This year, Benson won the prestigious 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award at the Wigmore Hall. In 2018, Benson won the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Award and the People’s Choice Award, also winning New Zealand’s premiere singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.
Benson’s operatic roles include Guglielmo Cosi Fan tutte, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Count Le nozze di Figaro. In January 2016, Benson debuted as Schaunard La bohème with Festival Opera in Napier, New Zealand. He has also performed as a soloist in an array of concert repertoire, including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Brahms Requiem amongst others. Benson has participated in many prestigious young artist summer programmes, such as the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, the Samling Young Artist Programme, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and New Zealand Opera School, which has led him to work with world-renowned coaches and artists.
Benson looks forward to taking up his place in the Salzburg Young Singers platform this summer, where he will be a young artist at the Salzburger Festspiele. Before going to Salzburg, Benson will perform with ENO in their production of Paul Bunyan, and will cover John Sorel The Consul for WNO.