Benjamin Bruns © Sara Schoengen

Benjamin Bruns

"Benjamin Bruns deserves the crown of the evening in the title role. With a pithy, lyrical tenor, he has worked his way into the role and, with a basically brilliant vocal performance, places himself in the ranks of great Mozart tenors who have also succeeded as swan knights, to name only singers such as Francisco Araiza, Nicolai Gedda, Gösta Winbergh or Anton Dermota. The exceedingly skillful voice sits perfectly in focus, enchants with lyrical melting." Thomas Rauchenwald, "Lohengrin", in: Das Opernglas, 01.2020 Benjamin Bruns began his singing career as an alto soloist in the boys' choir of his hometown of Hanover. After four years of private vocal training with Prof. Peter Sefcik, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Kammersängerin Renate Behle. While still a student, he was offered his first permanent
While still a student, he was offered his first permanent engagement by the Bremen Theater, which enabled him to build up a broad repertoire early on and was soon followed by an ensemble contract at the Cologne Opera. Via the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, his path led him directly to the Vienna State Opera, where he was an ensemble member until June 2020.
June 2020.
His musical range includes Mozart roles such as Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) but also important other repertoire such as Fenton (Falstaff), Camille de Rosillon (Die
Merry Widow), Lysander (Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Boris Grigorievič (Janáček: Kátia Kabanová) or the Italian Tenor in the two Strauss operas Capriccio and Der Rosenkavalier. With Wagner roles such as Lohengrin, Loge (Das Rheingold) and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), or Max in Der Freischütz and the Matteo in Strauss'Arabella, the expansion into the youthful dramatic field is emerging. In the spring of 2020, he appeared on the stage of the Vienna State Opera for the first time as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio.
To kick off the 2021/2022 season, Benjamin Bruns will make a guest appearance at the Bavarian State Opera as Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer. Three concert performances of Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust, as well as performances
as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio mark his house debut at the Hamburg State Opera. He will make another house debut as Max in Weber's Der Freischütz at the Nationale Opera Ballet Amsterdam. At the Chemnitz Opera he will be heard again as Lohengrin. Furthermore Benjamin Bruns was invited by the
Benjamin Bruns has been invited by the Metropolitan Opera in New York to participate in the production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
his stage work. The focus of his extensive concert repertoire is the great sacred works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. He has performed with all the major German orchestras such as the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as with renowned international ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Collegium Japan, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, and the choir and orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
The current concert season also holds interesting projects in store: in Tokyo both Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Beethoven's 9th Symphony, in Utrecht and Amsterdam Beethoven's Mass in C major and Bartók's Cantata profana with the Netherlands Radio under Karina Canellakis, and in Stuttgart at the
Orff's Der Mond at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, and Schumann's Paradies und die Peri as the final concert of the Stuttgart Music Festival. The season will conclude with two concerts of Haydn's Creation with the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski.
Benjamin Bruns is a prizewinner of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin, the Hamburg Mozart Competition and the international singing competition of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. As special awards he received the
Kurt Hübner Prize of the Theater Bremen and the Young Talent Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
His Lied CD "Dichterliebe", with Schumann's Dichterliebe and Der arme Peter, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and Hugo Wolf's Liederstrauß (at the piano: Karola Theill) was highly praised by the press and nominated at the International Classical Music Awards as well as for the German Record Award in the category 'Vocal
Recital' category.
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concerts featuring Benjamin Bruns