Described as ‘something special’ by Opera Magazine, British baritone Benjamin Lewis studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won first prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition 2017, and the Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award 2016; Benjamin is the recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal, and is a Samling Artist.
From the 2018/19 season Benjamin has been a member of the ensemble at the Landestheater Detmold. In the 2019/20 season his roles include the title role in Don Giovanni, Graf von Eberbach Der Wildschütz, and Amonasro Aida.
Last season Benjamin appeared as Valentin Faust, Plunkett Martha, Peter Hänsel und Gretel, Angelotti Tosca, and Miller Luisa Miller. He also performed the role of Spark Fantasio for Garsington Opera. Past season highlights include Papageno (cover) Die Zauberflöte, title role (cover) Eugene Onegin and Trojan Idomeneo for Garsington Opera; Pelléas (cover) Pelléas et Mélisande for Scottish Opera; Mark Rutland (cover) Marnie for English National Opera; title role (cover) Macbeth for Buxton International Festival; Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia for the Grimeborn Festival; Sacristan Tosca and Sharpless Madama Butterfly for Mananan Opera; Il Conte, Le Nozze di Figaro for Trinity Opera and Boris Paradise Moscow, Belcore L’Elisir d’Amore and Danilo The Merry Widow at the Royal Northern College of Music. Benjamin appeared as one of the soloists in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music in the BBC Last Night of the Proms 2016.Read more
Benjamin began singing as a founding member of the Halle Youth Choir and a student of Patrick McGuigan, and went on to study Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University. His operatic studies were then generously supported by the Musicians’ Company Goldman Award, the Help Musicians UK Richard Van Allan Award, the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award, the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Performance Award, the Tillett Trust and the Colin Keer Trust. He was also the recipient of an Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship.
Benjamin was the 2014 winner of the RNCM’s Frederic Cox Award, the 2015 winner of the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award and the Robin Kay Memorial Prize, and received the Judges’ Discretionary Prize for the most promising Verdi baritone at the inaugural Fulham Opera Verdi Prize in 2015 judged by David Syrus, Sir Thomas Allen and Yvonne Howard. He currently studies with Nicholas Powell.
“Benjamin Lewis, who sang Amonasro in this performance, grew impressively throughout the evening and was very convincing, especially in the Nile scene with Aida.”
“Benjamin Lewis, der in dieser Aufführung den Amonasro sang, wusste sich im Laufe des Abends eindrucksvoll zu steigern und konnte gerade in der Nilszene mit Aida sehr überzeugen.”
“Benjamin Lewis makes a dynamic impact as Sparck.”
“Some of the most beautiful moments belong to father Miller, and baritone Benjamin Lewis knows how to make the most of it.”
”Einige der schönsten Momente gehören Vater Miller, und Bariton Benjamin Lewis weiß das bestens zu nutzen.”
Lippische Landeszeitung 08.04.2019 (Miller, Luisa Miller)
“Luisa’s father, this man so inwardly driven and torn by his feelings, gave Benjamin Lewis plenty of exposure vocally and dramatically. Here he is particularly noteworthy for his performance in the third act of the opera, in the grand duet with Luisa.”
“Luisas Vater, diesem von seinen Gefühlen so innerlich getriebenen und zerrissen Mann, gab Benjamin Lewis viel Profil in Stimme und Darstellung. Hier sei besonders seine Leistung im dritten Akt der Oper, im großen Duett mit Luisa, erwähnt.”
Das Opernmagazin 06.04.2019 (Miller, Luisa Miller)
“Benjamin Lewis had already thrilled me in Martha and showed yesterday that he can also do grand opera. His imposing baritone has the weight and great richness of colour to embody the figure of Miller, who is a father torn between fear for his honour and love for his daughter.”
“Benjamin Lewis hatte mich schon in Martha begeistert und zeigt gestern, dass er auch große Oper kann. Sein imposanter Bariton verfügt über das nötige Gewicht und einen großen Farbenreichtum, um die Figur des Miller zu verkörpern, der zwischen Bangen um seine Ehre und der Liebe zu seiner Tochter hin und hergerissener Vater ist.”
Der Opernfreund 05.04.2019 (Miller, Luisa Miller)
“Benjamin Lewis…performs with differentiated, slim and sinewy line, beautiful sounding baritone and many small gestures. In the end, we suffer with him.”
“Mit Benjamin Lewis…mit differenziertem, schlank und sehnig geführtem, klangschönem Bariton und vielen kleinen Gesten. Am Ende leiden wir mit ihm.”
Die Deutsche Bühne 05.04.2019 (Miller, Luisa Miller)
“Benjamin Lewis’s chilling Tarquinius…added to the emotional impact.”
The Guardian 28.07.18 (Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia)
“Benjamin Lewis’s Tarquinius is a tightly coiled spring of sexual malice.”
Evening Standard 26.07.18 (Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia)
“Lewis is the epitome of brooding malice. His rich baritone voice conveys all the nuances in Britten’s stunning score.”
Plays to See 25.07.18 (Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia)
“Bearded and long-haired, Benjamin Lewis gives Tarquinius a romantic attraction, but his threat and his growing lust are powerfully presented.”
British Theatre Guide 24.07.18 (Tarquinius, The Rape of Lucretia)