Winner of the 2019 Kathleen Ferrier Award Benson Wilson opens the season with his debut as Marullo Rigoletto for Glyndebourne on Tour, following a highly successful summer as a Salzburger...MORE
Wilson has a baritone that radiates seduction and self-confidence...
New Zealand-born Sāmoan baritone Benson Wilson is the winner of the prestigious 64th Kathleen Ferrier Award. That same year he was awarded the Most Outstanding Overseas Performer of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award, and was the 2018 winner of the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation Award and the People’s Choice Award.
- John Shears Paul Bunyan; Schaunard La bohème – English National Opera
- Mirza Der Gesang Der Zauberinsel/2019 Salzburg Young Singer – Salzburger Festspiele
- Marullo Rigoletto – Glyndebourne on Tour
- Recitals for King’s Lynn, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals
- 2019/2020 National Opera Studio young artist
- English National Opera Harewood Artist (from 2020)
In 20/21 Benson joins English National Opera as a Harewood Artist, opening the season as Schaunard La bohème for their Drive & Live production at Alexandra Palace. Further engagements this season had been due to include Patroclus King Priam and Guglielmo Così fan tutte for ENO, and his debut as Figaro Le nozze di Figaro for Queensland Opera (now postponed). On the concert platform he begins the season with a recital tour of New Zealand including for Auckland Chamber Concert Hall, Hawkes Bay Opera House and Auckland Opera Studio, and later gives UK recitals for Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Festivals with pianists Lucy Colquhoun and Joseph Middleton. He had also been engaged to perform for the Brighton, Uppermill, North Norfolk and King’s Lynn Festivals (now postponed). Future engagements include house debuts for New Zealand Opera, as well as further roles for ENO.
Previous operatic roles include Marullo Rigoletto for Glyndebourne on Tour, John Shears Paul Bunyan (ENO), Mirza Der Gesang Der Zauberinsel at the Salzburger Festspiele as a 2019 Salzburg Young Singer, cover John Sorel The Consul (Welsh National Opera), Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte and Count Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro (Bloomsbury Opera), Schabernack Le Grand Macabre with London Symphony Orchestra, Schaunard La Boheme (Festival Opera Napier), and Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Assan The Consul as a scholar on the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera Course.
Benson regularly appears in concert in repertoire including Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Duruflé Requiem and Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem, and in 2016 he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a Total Immersion Concert featuring works by Richard Rodney Bennett.
Prior to relocating to the UK, he won New Zealand’s premiere singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest, and graduated with a BMus from the University of Auckland. Benson is a former young artist of the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, the Samling Young Artist Programme, the International Vocal Arts Institute, New Zealand Opera School and the National Opera Studio in London.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.
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