Benjamin Russell

Photo: Denislav Kanev
Irish baritone Benjamin Russell studied in Dublin and was a member of the Zurich Opera studio. He sang his first roles at the Royal Opera House in Dublin and performed at the Aldeburgh Festival as a scholarship holder of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (Junius in “The Rape of Lucretia”, amongst others). He is a prize-winner of the s‘Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition and the Veronica Dunne Competition. In 2017, he sang the title role in Benjamin Britten's "Owen Wingrave" a the Opera Collective in Ireland. Since 2014, his roles in Wiesbaden have included Malatesta (“Don Pasquale”), Schaunard (“La bohème”), Maximilian (“Candide”), One-Armed Man in “Die Frau ohne Schatten”, Shchelkalov in “Boris Godunov” and Captain Haudy in “Die Soldaten”. He made his concert debut with the Hessian State Orchestra in 2016 as soloist in Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen". This was followed by role debuts as Falke ("Die Fledermaus"), Papageno ("Die Zauberflöte"), Donner ("Das Rheingold"), Swallow ("Peter Grimes"), Figaro ("Le nozze di Figaro"), Mesner ("Tosca"), Brétigny ("Manon"), Wolfram von Eschenbach ("Tannhäuser"), Count Dominik ("Arabella"), Silvano ("Un ballo in maschera") and Masetto ("Don Giovanni"). During the 2018/19 season, he sang Kothner in the new production "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" and Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly". This season, he takes the stage as Police Inspector / Notary in the new production of "Der Rosenkavalier", and will once again sing Papageno, Brétigny and Swallow, amongst others.


Judas, Pilatus in »Matthäus-Passion«
Police Inspector / Notary in »Der Rosenkavalier«
Baritone in »1st Chamber Concert«
Monsieur de Brétigny in »Manon«
Swallow in »Peter Grimes«
Papageno in »Die Zauberflöte«
Peter the broom-maker in »Hänsel und Gretel«
A Sacristan in »Tosca«


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