Benjamin Robinson

Biography

Benjamin Robinson, described as a “charming lyric tenor,” is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina known for his “emphatic characterizations” and “easy vocal production and…luscious instrument.” This season Benjamin sings Alfred in Die Fledermaus with Opera in the Heights, Joe in La fanciulla del West with Michigan Opera Theatre, Bardolfo in Falstaff with Resonance Works Pittsburgh and Almavia in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Indianapolis Opera.

Recent credits include Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with Amarillo Opera, the Electrician in Powder Her Face with Skylight Music Theatre, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Anchorage Opera, Flamand in Capriccio with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro with Salt Marsh Opera, Larry/Matt in The Face on the Barroom Floor with Chelsea Opera (“musically strong, dramatically satisfying” –Opera News) and the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (“Raleigh native Benjamin Robinson has the perfect tone and timbre for this music. His care for clear diction was outstanding, as was his evoking emotions within the poems” –Classical Voice of North Carolina).

Highlights from previous seasons include Hydrogen Jukebox with Skylight Music Theatre, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado with Mobile Opera, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Amarillo Opera, Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld with Light Opera New Jersey, Abdallo in Nabucco with Michigan Opera Theatre, Don Anchise in La finta giardiniera and Henrik in A Little Night Music with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Antinoo in Antígona Furiosa with the Contempo Series at the University of Chicago, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Spoletta in Tosca, and Malcolm in Macbeth with Anchorage Opera, Charles in The Hotel Casablanca with Abilene Opera Association, Goro in Madama Butterfly with Opera Santa Barbara, Laurie in Little Women and Gernando in L’isola disabitata with Opera del West, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw with North Carolina Opera, and the title role of The Wandering Scholar with Little Opera Theatre of New York.

Benjamin performed the role of Christopher Morcom in The Turing Project (“Benjamin Robinson as Turing’s young lover and confident named Christopher Morcom has a sweet and lyrical tenor and was able to play Morcom with intimacy and preciseness” –OperaPulse) for the American Lyric Theater Insight workshop and sang Colin in the reconstruction workshop of L’amant anonye, a classical-era opera by Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges with Little Opera Theatre of New York.

As a frequent performer of crossover material, Benjamin has appeared as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Marco in The Gondoliers and Gaston in Gigi with Lyric Opera San Diego, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Lt. Cable in South Pacific with Anchorage Opera. He began his career at Ohio Light Opera, performing Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Jacey Squires in The Music Man, Marco in The Gondoliers, Will Parker in Oklahoma! and the Marquis of Harrogate in the United States premiere of Jerome Kern’s The Cabaret Girl.

On the concert stage, Benjamin has been a soloist for the Puccini Messa di Gloria with Monadnock Chorus, Messiah with Oratorio Society of New Jersey, Carmina Burana and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the University of Houston, the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with Houston Ballet II, the Franck Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with Richmond Chorale and Israel in Egypt with Newton Choral Society. He was a guest soloist with the Cape Cod Symphony for an all-operetta concert and sang the Mozart Solemn Vespers and Schubert Mass in G with the Cypress Quartet at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

He has appeared as Mr. Splinters in The Tender Land and Beppe (cover) in Pagliacci with Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, Little Bat (cover) in Susannah with Des Moines Metro Opera, Alfredo (cover) in La Traviata and St. Brioche (cover) in The Merry Widow with St. Petersburg Opera. Benjamin is an alumnus of the Kentucky Opera Studio Program where he sang Roderigo in Otello, Basilio in Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho (Telemann), Werther (cover)/Schmidt in Werther and Alméric in Iolanta. He lives in New York City.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Puccini Joe La fanciulla del West Michigan Opera Theatre 2017
Rossini Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia Indianapolis Opera 2016
J. Strauss II Alfred Die Fledermaus Opera in the Heights 2016
Gilbert & Sullivan Frederic The Pirates of Penzance Skylight Music Theater 2016
Gilbert & Sullivan Frederic The Pirates of Penzance Amarillo Opera 2016
Adès The Electrician Powder Her Face Skylight Music Theater 2016
Menotti Kaspar Amahl and the Night Visitors Amarillo Opera 2015
R. Strauss Flamand Capriccio Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2015
Mozart Tamino Die Zauberflöte Anchorage Opera 2015
Mollicone Larry/Matt The Face on the Barroom Floor Chelsea Opera 2014
Mozart Don Basilio/Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro Salt Marsh Opera 2014
Chevalier de St. Georges Colin L’amant anonyme Little Opera Theatre of New York 2014
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi Raylynmor Opera 2014
Glass Tenor Roles Hydrogen Jukebox Skylight Music Theater 2014
Mozart Don Ottavio Don Ottavio Martha Cardona Theater 2013
Menotti Kaspar Amahl and the Night Visitors Amarillo Opera 2013
Gilbert & Sullivan Nanki-Poo The Mikado Mobile Opera 2013
Offenbach Orpheus Orpheus in the Underworld Light Opera of New Jersey 2013
Mozart Don Anchise La finta giardiniera Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013
Sondheim Henrik A Little Night Music Opera Theater of Pittsburgh 2013
Chen Christopher Morcom The Turing Project American Lyric Theater 2013
Liderman Antinoo Antígona Furiosa University of Chicago Presents 2013
Gilbert & Sullivan Frederic The Pirates of Penzance Anchorage Opera 2013
Pasatieri Charles The Hotel Casablanca Abilene Opera Association 2013
Puccini Spoletta Tosca Anchorage Opera 2013
Puccini Pinkerton (cover)/Goro Madama Butterfly Opera Santa Barbara 2012
Adamo Laurie Little Women Opera del West 2012
Haydn Gernando L’isola dishabitata Opera del West 2012
Holst Pierre The Wandering Scholar Little Opera Theatre of New York 2012
Holst Satyavān (cover) Sāvitri Skylight Music Theater 2012
Verdi Malcolm Macbeth Anchorage Opera 2012
Adès The Electrician Powder Her Face Opera Vista 2011
Britten Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw North Carolina Opera 2011
Rodgers and Hammerstein Lt. Cable South Pacific Anchorage Opera 2011
Gilbert & Sullivan Marco The Gondoliers Lyric Opera San Diego 2011
Floyd Little Bat (cover) Susannah Des Moines Metro Opera 2010
Gilbert & Sullivan Frederic The Pirates of Penzance Lyric Opera San Diego 2010
Sondheim Mr. Erlanson A Little Night Music Michigan Opera Theatre 2009
Verdi Abdallo Nabucco Michigan Opera Theatre 2009
Copland Mr. Splinters The Tender Land Sugar Creek Symphony 2009
Leoncavallo Beppe (cover) Pagliacci Sugar Creek Symphony 2009
Verdi Alfredo (cover) La traviata St. Petersburg Opera 2009
Tchaikovsky Alméric Iolanta Kentucky Opera 2009
Massenet Werther (cover)/Schmidt Werther Kentucky Opera 2008
Telemann Basilio Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit Kentucky Opera 2008
Verdi Rodrigo Otello Kentucky Opera 2008
Mozart Ferrando Così fan tutte University of Houston 2007
Weill Sam Street Scene University of Houston 2006
Gilbert & Sullivan Marco The Gondoliers Ohio Light Opera 2006
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work Company Year
Britten Serenade for Tenor Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle 2014
Handel Messiah Oratorio Society of New Jersey 2013
Franck The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross Richmond Choral Society (NY) 2013
Puccini Messa di Gloria Monadnock Chorus 2013
Handel Israel in Egypt Newton Community Chorus 2012
Mozart/Schubert Solemn Vespers/Mass in G Chatham Chorale/Cypress Quartet 2011
Various Viennese Operetta Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra 2011
Orff Carmina Burana The University of Houston 2008
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes Houston Ballet II 2008

In The Press

Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings – Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

“Raleigh native Benjamin Robinson has the perfect tone and timbre for this music. His care for clear diction was outstanding, as was his evoking the emotions within the poems. The New York City resident has been racking up an impressive resume. We look forward to any return engagements in the area.” – Classical Voice of North Carolina (William Thomas Walker)

A Little Night Music (Henrik) – Opera Theater of Pittsburgh

“Benjamin Robinson is the most fully realized and perfectly sung Henrik I’ve ever seen.” – Pittsburgh City Paper (Ted Hoover)

The Turing Project (Christopher Morcom) – American Lyric Theater

“Benjamin Robinson as Turing’s young lover and confidant named Christopher Morcom has a sweet and lyrical tenor and was able to play Morcom with intimacy and preciseness.” – Operapulse (Evan McCormack)

Tosca (Spoletta) – Anchorage Opera

“Benjamin Robinson was a standout as the henchman, Spoletta.” – Anchorage Daily News (Mike Dunham)

The Wandering Scholar (Pierre) – Little Opera Theatre of New York

“Tenor Benjamin Robinson was delightfully convincing as the starving scholar who connives his way into the farmer’s kitchen and interrupts the sexual dalliance.” – Voce di Meche

Powder Her Face (The Electrician) – Opera Vista

“With his velvet tenor and boyish good looks, Benjamin Robinson was the perfect compliment to (Cassandra) Black. Like his cast mates Kelly Waguespack and Kyle Albertson, he moved effortlessly through multiple roles throughout the evening including The Waiter, who, in the notorious scene described above, was the recipient of the “friendly welcome” for which the Duchess became known not only at the hotel were she lived for the 28 years following her divorce, but also throughout London’s high society of the mid-1960s.” – Arts and Culture Houston (Chris Johnson)

“The opera begins with odd vocal lines of laughter from The Maid (sung brilliantly by Kelly Waguespack) and The Electrician (sung by the gifted Benjamin Robinson) blended into an ironic tango…If you want to witness great singing and acting, if you want to hear the epitome of the post-modern aesthetic in very late 20th century opera, this performance is for you. Opera Vista offers its second and final performance tonight. It’s an experience you will never forget.” – Houston Culture Map (Theodore Bale)

The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) – Lyric Opera San Diego

“Mr. Robinson and Ms. Weston make a handsome couple, and Mr. Robinson displayed a lyric tenor that easily soared to the heights demanded by the score.” – Sandiego.com (Bill Eadie)

“Amid the high camp and silly shenanigans there is some lovely vocal work, notably between Benjamin Robinson as Frederic and Megan Weston as Mabel.” – San Diego Uptown News (Jeff Britton)

“Then, when Frederic (charming lyric tenor Benjamin Robinson) wanders off on his own, has his first encounter with young ladies and falls in love with the aforementioned Mabel…” – San Diego News Network (Pat Launer)

Iolanta (Almeric) – Kentucky Opera

“In smaller roles, bass Conor Angell and particularly tenor Benjamin Robinson (Kentucky Opera Studio Artists) impressed with their emphatic characterizations.” – Louisville Courier-Journal (Andrew Adler)

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