Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Lexus Song Quest, Benson Wilson is a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, for whom he has sung roles including Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Schaunard La bohème.
Roles elsewhere have included Friedrich Bhaer in the UK première of Mark Adamo’s Little Women for Opera Holland Park, Frank / Fritz Die tote Stadt for Longborough Festival Opera and Marullo Rigoletto for Glyndebourne On Tour.
A committed recitalist, he has toured in New Zealand, including programmes at Auckland Chamber Concert Hall and Hawkes Bay Opera House, as well as appearing with pianists including Lucy Colquhoun, Ella O’Neill, James Baillieu, Iain Burnside and Joseph Middleton at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Brighton, Kings Lynn, Leeds Lieder, Ludlow and Oxford Lieder Festivals. He has appeared in concert with the Orchestra of Opera North and sang Finzi’s Et in terra pax for his debut with BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Omaro.
Engagements during 2022 / 2023 include Moralès Carmen and Horemhab Akhnaten for English National Opera, his debut with Welsh National Opera as Schaunard La bohème, Count Ceptano Rigoletto for Opera Holland Park, Messiah with Auckland Choral Society, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Belshazzar’s Feast at both Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and with Orchestra Wellington.
A 2019 Salzburg Festival Young Artist, where he sang Mirza Der Gesang der Zauberinsel, and a Samling Artist, Benson Wilson graduated from the University of Auckland and completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.
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Horemhab: Akhnaten / English National Opera 2023
“The supporting cast is stronger than ever, especially Jolyon Loy (Aye), Paul Curievici (High Priest of Amon) and Benson Wilson (Horemhab) whose contributions, whether singing alone or together, were vivid and engrossing.”
“…a very positive impression from Benson Wilson as General Horemhab.”
“Wonderful to see an ENO Harewood Artist among the main cast members: Benson Wilson plays the general and future Pharoah Horemhab with an earthy voice and real dramatic authority.”
Seen and Heard International
Schaunard: La bohème / Welsh National Opera 2022
“Benson Wilson was a vivacious Schaunard…”
Friedrich Bhaer: Little Women / Opera Holland Park 2022
“The music for the men in the girls; lives was memorably delivered by (ia) Benson Wilson (Bhaer), the latter performing Adamo’s version of ‘Kennst du das Land?’ with plenty of soul.”
“The most resonant singing comes from Benson Wilson as Bhaer…”
Fritz: Die tote Stadt / Longborough Festival Opera 2022
“Benson Wilson, a notably mellifluous baritone…:
“…he really excelled, capturing the nostalgic timelessness of the song ‘Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen.’”
Guglielmo: Così fan tutte / English National Opera 2022
“Benson Wilson’s resonant, velvety Guglielmo…”
ReSound / St Martin-in-the-Fields 2021
“I have nothing but praise for being to luxuriate in Wilson’s mellifluous, subtly coloured baritone and the expressive beauty of his melodic lines.”
Seen and Head International
Schaunard: La bohème Drive & Live / English National Opera 2020
“There were strong performances from William Thomas (Colline) and Benson Wilson (Schaunard).”