British tenor Benjamin Hulett made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Edmondo (Manon Lescaut). In the 2015/16 Season he returns to sing Beppe (Pagliacci).
Hulett read music at New College, Oxford, where he was also a choral scholar, and went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera, his roles including Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Steersman (Der fliegende Holländer) and Novice (Billy Budd). His other European appearances have included Hippolyt (Henze's Phaedra) for the Berlin State Opera, Young Servant (Elektra) at the Salzburg Festival, Oronte (Alcina) for Bavarian State Opera, Narraboth (Salome) for Baden-Baden and in the world premiere of Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen at Theater an der Wien. In the UK he has sung Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Opera North, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) for Grange Park Opera and Fenton (Falstaff) for Opera Holland Park.
Hulett has sung in concert under conductors including Fabio Biondi, Harry Bicket, Andrew Davis, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock and Roger Norrington, in repertory ranging from Beethoven’s Missa solemnis to Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. His recordings include Missa solemnis with Herreweghe, Mendelssohn’s version of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and a disc of songs by Maurice Greene.
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Antonio Pappano introduces the music of Manon Lescaut.