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Benjamin Hulett (Tenor)

Born: England

The young British tenor, Benjamin Hulett, studied Music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and Opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Benjamin Hulett was a soloist at the Hamburg State Opera from 2005 to 2009 and has achieved great success in lyric roles from Tamino in Die Zauberfloete and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte to Steuermann in Die Fliegende Hollaender and Novice in Billy Budd. He made his debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich in George Frideric Handel’s Alcina, at Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke‘s Die Besessennen, Baden Baden Festspielhaus in Salome, returning for Die Zauberflote, Salzburger Festspiele in Elektra, Buxton Opera Festival in Lortzing’s Der Wildschutz, Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone at Opera Rennes, for Grange Park Opera as Ferrando and has returned to Hamburg as Tamino and Narraboth (Salome). He made his debuts with Opera North as Peter Quint (The Turn of The Screw), Berliner Staatsoper as Hippolyt in Henze’s Phaedra, Fenton in Falstaff for Opera Holland Park, in Sir Jonathan Miller's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at the National Theatre, Die Frau Ohne Schatten under Vladimir Jurowski in Amsterdam, the title role of Johann Christian Bach’s Lucio Silla for Salzburg Mozartwochen under Ivor Bolton, Tamino in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflote with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle and as Madwoman in Curlew River for Rome Opera under James Conlon.

As a concert performer Benjamin Hulett has worked with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuelle Haïm, Markus Stenz, Ivor Bolton, Jeffrey Tate, Simone Young, Frans Brüggen, Jaap van Zweden and Fabio Biondi amongst others at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Holland Festival, Musikfest Bremen and many other leading festivals and venues.

Increasingly in demand as an interpreter of song, he has performed at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Buxton Festival, Leeds Lieder+, Oxford Lieder Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Henley Festival, Freie Akademie des Kunstes in Hamburg and the Hamburgische Staatsoper collaborating with pianists Andras Schiff, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Simone Young and Alexander Soddy.

His growing discography includes "Departures", his first solo recital disc including the world premiere of Giles Swayne's The Joys of Travel (Saphrane), "Visions Fugitives" (Les Illuminations live from the Gergiev Festival also on Saphrane), Benjamin Britten songs with pianist Malcolm Martineau (Onyx), Messiah and Zumsteeg's Die Geisterinsel (Carus), Israel in Egypt (Maulbronn), "The NMC Songbook" (winner of Gramophone Award 2009), Songs Before Sleep by Richard Rodney Bennett (NMC), Gouvy's Iphigenie en Tauride (winner of the Orfee D’Or), the role of Paris The Judgement of Paris (Chandos) and G.F. Handel’s Alceste with Christian Curnyn (Chandos - winner of the BBC Music Magazine Award for Opera) G.F. Handel’s L’Allegro (Carus), Acis and Galatea (Nimbus), Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch (Oxford Lieder Live), Kalitzke’s Die Besessennen (Neos) and L.v. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis under Philippe Herreweghe.

Future projects include Francois in Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place with Ensemble Modern under Kent Nagano, Gonzalve in Ravel's L'heure Espagnol for Rome Opera under Dutoit his first full recital at Wigmore Hall, and debuts for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Source: Benjamin Hulett Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Jürgen Budday


BWV 245

Nuno Oliveira


Audio: BWV 106 [2001]

Federico Maria Sardelli


P-1 (2015, Audio): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Oronte]

David Temple


V-1 (2016): BWV 245 [sung in English]

Jos van Veldhoven


AOB Video: BWV 50, BWV 130, BWV 146

Links to other Sites

Benjamin Hulett - tenor (Official Website)


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