The American baritone, Benjamin Curtis, obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Liberty University in 2009. In 2013 he received his Master of Music degree in Voice & Literature from the Eastman School of Music (2013). where he participated in The Rape of Lucretia as Tarquinius (conductor: Steven Daigle, 2012), Street Scene as the role of Henry Davis (conductor: Steven Daigle, 2013), and The Bartered Bride as Krušina (conductor: Michael McConnell, 2012). His awards include: Outstanding Vocalist of the Year at Liberty University (2008); Jury Honors Winner at Eastman School of Music (2012); and Competition Finalist at Friends of Eastman Opera (2013).
A resident of northern Virginia, Benjamin Curtis exudes an expressive performance quality. He was soloist George Frideric Handels Messiah conducted by David W. Loftis at Colonial Church (2010). Recent concert work includes his performance as a festival artist in the 2013 Lotte Lehmann Masterclasses at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and his participation with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus as the baritone soloist in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by William Weinert (2013). In September 2013 he performed as a soloist under the baton of David Chin in Cantata! A Bach Cantata Series at the Eastman School of Music.
Bnjamin Curtis' opera roles include with the Liberty University Opera conducted by Wayne Kompelein: the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (2007), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus (2008) and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (2009); and, with Center City Opera Theater condcuted by Andrew M. Kurtz: Marullo in Rigoletto (2011) and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte (2011). He looks forward to performing the role of Peter in Hansel and Gretel with Loudoun Lyric Opera this December 2013.