Benjamin Lewis

Samling Artist Programme: 2015

Benjamin Lewis began singing in the Hallé Youth Choir, as a student of Patrick McGuigan. Whilst studying at Oxford University, he played a principal role in nearly every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta and was also cast as Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea for Oxford Opera. He is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is tutored by Nicholas Powell and kindly funded by the Help Musicians UK Fleming Award and Headley, Tillett and Colin Keer Trusts.

Benjamin’s roles have included Buonafede Il mondo della luna, Peter Hänsel und Gretel, Sharpless Madama Butterfly and Il Conte Le nozze di Figaro. He has appeared in three Royal Northern College of Music operas, as Boris Paradise Moscow, Belcore L’elisir d’amore, and Danilo The Merry Widow. Whilst in the Buxton Festival Chorus 2014 he also covered Count Harasova The Jacobin.

Whilst studying fat the RNCM he has also taken part in masterclasses and coachings with Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Shirley-Quirke, Sir John Tomlinson, John Fisher, Yvonne Kenny, Paul Wynne Griffiths, David Gowland, and Tony Castro amongst others.

Benjamin was the 2014 winner of the RNCM’s Frederic Cox Award, the 2015 winner of the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award, is a recipient of the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is a Samling Artist. This year he is part of the Glyndebourne chorus for their productions of Poliuto and Die Entführung aus dem Serail.