- Instrument: Baritone
Benjamin Lewis is a baritone who began singing as a founding member of the Hallé Youth Choir and a student of Patrick McGuigan. Whilst at Oxford University he played a principal role in nearly every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta and Polyphemus in Acis & Galatea for Oxford Opera. Since then his roles have included Buonafede (Il Mondo della Luna), Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), and whilst in the 2014 Buxton Festival Chorus he also covered Count Harasova (The Jacobin). In his time at the Royal Northern College of Music he has taken part in three college operas, as Boris (Paradise Moscow), Belcore (L’Elisir d’Amore), and Danilo (The Merry Widow). Whilst at college he also won the Frederic Cox Award and the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award. He was recently awarded the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is a Samling Artist. This year he will be part of the Glyndebourne chorus for their productions of Poliuto and Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Benjamin is currently completing a PGDip at the RNCM, where he is tutored by Nicholas Powell, and is kindly funded by the Headley Trust, the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award, the Tillett Trust and the Colin Keer Trust.