Benjamin Bruns started his singing career as an alto soloist with the boys’ choir in his hometown of Hanover. After four years of private singing lessons with Prof. Peter Sefcik, he studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg under Kammersängerin Renate Behle. While still a student he was offered a permanent contract by the Theater Bremen, a position which allowed him to build up a broadly-based repertoire at an early stage. This was followed by a similar contract with the opera in Cologne. His professional journey then took him via the Dresden State Opera to the Vienna State Opera, where he continues to hold a seasonal contract.

His musical range encompasses roles such as Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Camille, Count de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), Froh (Das Rheingold), Lysander (Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Prince Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Boris Grigojevič (Janaček’s Kátja Kabanová), Steuermann and Erik (The Flying Dutchman) and the Italian tenors in the Strauss operas Capriccio and Der Rosenkavalier.

In the 2017/18 season, Benjamin Bruns appears as Silla in Mozart’s Lucia Silla at the Teatro Real Madrid and is giving his role debuts as Matteo (Arabella) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, as Loge (Rheingold) at the Opera Chemnitz and as Leukippos (Daphne) at the Vienna State Opera.

Oratorio and song recitals are an important complement to Benjamin Bruns’ work in opera. At the heart of his extensive concert repertoire are the great sacred works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. He has sung with such renowned ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Saxonian State Orchestra Dresden, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Munich Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the MDR Symphony orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the Leipzig Thomanerchor and the RIAS Chamber-choir as well as the Choir and Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Interesting projects in the current season include two concert performances of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev in Munich and Baden-Baden, Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé with the Gaechinger Cantorey and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under Hans-Christoph Rademann, as well as a cooperation with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Poga (Mozart: Requiem) and the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover with Andrew Manze (Bach: St. John Passion).

Benjamin Bruns is an award recipient of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (Federal Singing Competition) in Berlin, the Hamburg Mozart Competition and the international singing competition of the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber Opera. Other special honours bestowed to him include the 2008 Kurt Hübner Prize awarded by Theater Bremen and the 2009 Young Musicians’ Prize awarded by Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Please discard any previously dated material. The text may not be abridged or altered without the prior consent of KünstlerSekretariat am Gasteig.