Benjamin Bruns began his singing career as an alto soloist with the boys’ choir in his hometown Hanover. After four years of private singing lessons with Prof. Peter Sefcik, he began his studies at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg with Kammersängerin Renate Behle. Whilst still a student he was offered his first permanent engagement at Theater Bremen which allowed him to build up a wide ranging repertoire at an early stage. This was soon followed by an ensemble contract at the Cologne Opera, and he later continued his professional journey at the Semperoper Dresden before joining the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, where he remained until July 2020.

His operatic repertoire includes roles such as Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Camille de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), Loge (Das Rheingold), Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and the Italian Tenor in Strauss’ opera Capriccio and Der Rosenkavalier. He made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in summer 2012 with the role of Der Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and was subsequently invited back to perform the same role in the following four seasons. His first steps into the light dramatic repertoire were with the introduction of roles such as Lohengrin, Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) and Matteo in Strauss’ Arabella. In spring 2020 he gave his debut as Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio (1804) at the Vienna State Opera.

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