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Biography

Benjamin Russell is a member of the ensemble of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany. He studied at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House, Switzerland after having received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin in 2011 and 2012 respectively. There he studied singing with coach Brenda Hurley and his current teacher Sylvia O'Regan

During his time in Wiesbaden his roles have included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Donner in Rheingold, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Maximilian in Candide, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Haudy in Die Soldaten. He also sang various parts on the main stage of the Zurich Opera House while a member of the International Opera Studio, among them Abraham Gray in the premier of Die Schatzinsel by Frank Schwemmer and the Jazz Trio in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. In September 2017, he performed the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave for Opera Collective Ireland. In June 2011 he sang Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh Festival which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The recording for this was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

Last season in Wiesbaden he performed Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Monsieur de Brétigny in Manon, Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera and also repeats the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. In the 18/19 season he will revive the roles of Silvano, Wolfram von Eschenbach and Masetto as well as making his debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Fritz Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

He has also performed in many concerts, both at home and abroad, including Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen in the Kurhaus, Wiesbaden with the Sinfonieorchester, Lunchtime concerts in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, recitals of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis Op.39 in the City Hall, Hong Kong. 

This season includes Bach’s Cantata BWV 82 Ich habe genug with the Wiesbaden Sinfonieorchester under the baton of Patrick Lange and  baritone soloist in Puccini’s Missa di Gloria with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra with Zsolt Hamar.

Competition successes include finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Singing competition 2010, where he also received the Joan Sutherland prize for 'Most Promising Singer'. He was a semifinalist and prizewinner in the 2010 International Vocal Competition in s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. He was also winner of the RIAM Irené Sandford Award for Singers and winner of numerous prizes in the national Feis Ceoil, Dublin.

 

 

 

 

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