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 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 lustige Witwe), 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 becoming apparent. In spring 2020, he appeared for the first time on the stage of the Vienna State Opera as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio.

The beginning of season 2021/2022 Benjamin Bruns will appear as Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer at the Bavarian State Opera. Three concert performances of Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust and 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. He will be heard again as Lohengrin at the Chemnitz Opera. In addition, Benjamin Bruns has been invited by the Metropolitan Opera in New York to participate in the production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Oratorio and recitals form an equally important side to Benjamin Bruns’ career. 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 many renowned ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Bach Collegium Japan, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as the choir and orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.

The current concert season also holds interesting projects: in Tokyo Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde as well as 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 International Bach Academy Orff's Der Mond as well as, the closing concert of the Musikfest Stuttgart, Schumann's Paradies und die Peri. The season will conclude with two concerts of Haydn's Creation with the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski.

Benjamin Bruns is a prize winner of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin, the Mozart Competition in Hamburg and the International Singing Competition of the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber Opera. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Kurt Hübner Prize awarded by the Theater Bremen and the 2009 Young Musicians’ Prize awarded by 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 for the International Classical Music Awards as well as for the German Record Prize in the category 'Vocal Recital'.

For more information, please visit the artist's website: www.benjaminbruns.de

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