Birmingham Opera/Graham Vick/CBSO: Kovanschina, 2014
Ben Thapa - Tenor
British Tenor Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and the Wales International Academy of Voice, supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Wagner Society and the Joaninha Trust. Currently, Ben runs a busy diary on opera and concert stages across the UK and abroad.
Recent successes include the role of Arbace (Idomeneo, Buxton Festival), Siegfried (The Quest for the Ring, Royal Festival Hall/Opera North), as well as concert performances taking in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Ben has performed several recitals at Leeds Town Hall, including premiering Simon Lindley's Five Hymns to the Virgin. Recordings include Mat of the Mint (The Beggars Opera, Royal Opera, Chandos).
In 2012, Ben performed the role of the President in the UK premiere of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht for Birmingham Opera Company, repeated in 2013 at the BBC Proms. Further operatic roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Florestan (Fidelio) for Garsington Opera Emerging Artists, Vanya Kudrjas (Katya Kabanova) for Scottish Opera, Tito (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Teatru Manoel, Malta, Kuzka (Kovanschina) for Birmingham Opera Company and Melot (Tristan und Isolde) for Longborough Festival Opera. Ben's concert repertory is incredibly varied, ranging from Monteverdi Vespers and the Bach Passions, through to the dramatic Romantic repertory, including Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Puccini and Elgar.
Current and forthcoming highlights include the cover of Florestan (Fidelio) for Welsh National Opera, the cover of Anatole (War and Peace) for Welsh National Opera's residency at the Royal Opera House, Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) for Opera de Bauge, Haydn Creation in the Royal Hall, Harrogate, performances of Schubert Winterreise and Wagner Wesendonck Lieder, Beethoven 9th Symphony at St John's, Smith Square, The Shepherd (Tristan und Isolde, Saffron Hall), and Handel Messiah with the Black Dyke Band, the CBSO and at St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the cover of the title role in Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus for English National Opera.