Ben Thapa - Tenor
Birmingham Opera/Graham Vick/CBSO: Kovanschina, 2014
Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music before graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2013 under the tutelage of Dennis O'Neill. Ben's major bursars include the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wagner Society. Ben has participated in a number of masterclasses, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Della Jones, Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Dove (for Music Theatre Wales) and Graham Clark. In addition, Ben was twice a Britten-Pears scholar. Ben continues his study privately with David Pollard.
Operatic credits include: President (Mittwoch aus Licht, Birmingham Opera/BBC Proms), Kuzka (Kovanschina, Birmingham Opera Company), Tito (La Clemenza di Tito, Teatru Manoel, Malta), Tamino (Magic Flute, Regents Opera, Ryedale Festival, Garsington Emerging Artists), Melot (Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera), Vanya Kudrjash (Katya Kabanova, Scottish Opera), Cavaradossi (Tosca, Minack Theatre), Don José (Carmen, Minack Theatre), First Armed Man (Magic Flute, Garsington Opera), Mat of the Mint (Beggar's Opera, Royal Opera) and Aufidio (Lucio Silla, Buxton Festival Opera). Ben performed the role of Siegfried in the Quest For The Ring at the Royal Festival Hall, an education project linked to Opera North’s recent Ring Cycle.
Roles understudied include Actaeon (Diana and Actaeon, Royal Opera), Max (Der Freischütz, Opera Comique, Paris), Florestan (Fidelio, Garsington Opera), Tamino (Magic Flute, Garsington Opera), Kunz Vogelgesang (Meistersingers of Nuremberg, English National Opera), the tenor roles in Philip Glass' The Trial for Music Theatre Wales at the Royal Opera and on tour and Lucio Silla (Lucio Silla, Buxton Festival Opera).
Concert performances include a concert tour of Monteverdi Vespers with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Handel Messiah (Royal Albert Hall, Hanover Band, Manchester Camerata, St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Tewkesbury Abbey, Burford Singers/Brian Kay), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Colston Hall, Jesus College Cambridge), Verdi Requiem (Tewkesbury Abbey, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Saffron Hall, London Guildhall, G-Live Guildford), Haydn The Creation (RAH), Mozart Requiem (RAH, SMITF, King's College Cambridge), Rachmaninov The Bells (King's Cambridge), Beethoven 9th Symphony (St. David's Hall Cardiff), Mendelssohn Elijah (G-Live, Derby Cathedral), Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (Royal Festival Hall), Britten War Requiem (Gresham's, Chester Cathedral), St. Nicholas (Wakefield Cathedral), Handel Saul with the Stour Singers and a Leeds Town Hall recital with Dr. Simon Lindley.
Current and future plans include various oratorio engagements across the country, a recital in Norway and the role of Arbace (Idomeneo) for Buxton Festival Opera.