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.

 

The beginning of season 2020/2021 is marked by his appearance as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Bavarian State Opera. In addition to this, he will also sing Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) in Amsterdam and Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In May 2021 he will return to the Bavarian State Opera for his role debut as Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. At the Munich Opera Festival he can be heard as Loge (The Rhinegold) and David (The Master-Singers of Nuremberg).

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 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday plays an important part in Benjamin Bruns’ upcoming season with performances of the Ninth Symphony across the world: in Singapore with Masaaki Suzuki, in Paris/Boulogne-Billancourt conducted by Laurence Equilbey, as well as with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado in Tokyo. He will also appear at the Vienna Musikverein with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Andrès Orozco-Estrada as well as Dvořak’s Stabat mater under Manfred Honeck. To mark the 50th anniversary of Stravinsky’s death, he has been invited to sing the rarely performed work Perséphone with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in Hamburg.

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 latest CD "Dichterliebe" (Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Der arme Peter, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, and Hugo Wolf’s Liederstrauß) with pianist Karola Theilll was highly praised by the press and nominated for both the International Classical Music Awards and the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis.

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