A member of the Hamburg State Opera from 2005-2009, Ben’s successes in lyric roles included Tamino, Ferrando, Novice and Steuermann. He made his debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich in Handel’s Alcina, Berlin Staatsoper in Henze’s Phaedra, Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen, for the Salzburg Festival in Strauss’ Elektra and for the Baden Baden Festival in Strauss’ Salome and Mozart’s Die Zauberfloete, as well as returning as a guest in Hamburg as Tamino and Narraboth. In the UK Ben made his role debut as Peter Quint for Opera North, Ferrando for Grange Park Opera, Fenton for Opera Holland Park and in Sir Jonathan Miller’s St Matthew Passion for the National Theatre.
Concert highlights include the BBC Proms under Norrington, Gardiner and Davies, Maderna’s Venetian Journal with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Arbace in Mozart’s Idomeneo with Fabio Biondi, Britten’s Serenade with Norrington, Hogwood and the Trondheim Solisten, Die Schopfung with Haim and Pinnock, Die Frau Ohne Schatten under Jurowski, Missa Solemnis under Bolton and Herreweghe, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Herreweghe and Brüggen, Mozart Requiem on tour in the Far East under Herreweghe, Das Paradies und die Peri under Norrington at the Edinburgh Festival, the title role in J.C.Bach’s Lucio Silla under Bolton at the Salzburg Mozartwoche, and as Tamino with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Rattle.
Increasingly in demand as an interpreter of song, he has performed at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Buxton Festival, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, National Portrait Gallery, Henley Festival, Freie Akademie des Kunstes in Hamburg, Hamburgische Staatsoper and Maastricht, collaborating with pianists Andras Schiff, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Christopher Glynn, Joseph Middleton, Simone Young and Alexander Soddy.
Ben’s recordings range from the early baroque to new commissions and have received nominations and awards from the BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Grammy, L’Orfee d’Or and Diapason.
His engagements this season include Bernstein’s A Quiet Place under Nagano in Berlin, his return to the Rome Opera as Gonzalve in ‘L’heure Espagnole’ and his debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Manon Lescaut. He will perform Tamino for the Welsh National Opera, make his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in Handel’s Saul, and sing his first full recital at Wigmore Hall.