Benjamin Hulett

Introduction

Since leaving Oxford University, where he was a choral scholar at New College with a degree in music, Benjamin Hulett has worked with many of Britain's leading choirs and orchestras. He is much in demand as an interpreter of music across a wide range of genres and has been hailed by the national press as one of the most promising young tenors of today. 

His recent concerts have included Das Paradies und die Peri with Sir Roger Norrington at the Edinburgh Festival, Haydn's Creation with both Pinnock and Haim, Missa Solemnis with Herreweghe, the title role of J.C. Bach's Lucio Silla for the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Ivor Bolton, and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with Christopher Hogwood; he has also appeared with Sir Andrew Davis, Harry Bicket, Fabio Biondi and regularly on tour with Philippe Herreweghe.  As a soloist with the Hamburgische Staatsoper his roles have included Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jaquino (Fidelio), the Four Servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Narraboth (Salome).  He made his debuts with the Bavarian State Opera as Oronte, Opera North as Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), for the Salzburg Festival in Elektra, at the Theater an der Wien in the world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke's Die Besessenen, with the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin in Henze's Phaedra, the Baden-Baden Festival in Salome, and the Rome Opera as Madwoman in Curlew River, returning as Gonzalve in L'heure Espagnole. He sang Tamino in a concert performance of Die Zauberflöte with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, and made his debut with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut

His engagements this season include Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Nagano, Tamino for the Welsh National Opera, his debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in Handel’s Saul, and his first full recital at the Wigmore Hall.

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Repertoire

ADES   

The Tempest (Ferdinand)

BEETHOVEN  
Fidelio (Jaquino)

J.C. BACH
Lucio Silla (title role)

BRITTEN  
Billy Budd (Novice)
Curlew River (Madwoman)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute)
The Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)

HANDEL  
Alcina (Oronte)

HENZE
Phaedra (Hippolyt)

KALITZKE
Die Besessenen (Lesczcuk)

MONTEVERDI 
L’incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta/Lucano)

MOZART  
Così fan tutte (Ferrando)
Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
Idomeneo (Arbace)
Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

ROSSINI  
La Pietra del Paragone (Giocondo)

STRAUSS  
Salome (Narraboth) 
Elektra (Junger Diener)
Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Erschienung eines Jünglings)

WAGNER  
Der fliegende Holländer (Steuermann)


Please contact Jonathan Turnbull for concert repertoire.

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Schedule

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes

HANDEL: Saul

Saul Christopher Purves (6, 12, 15 August) Henry Waddington
David Iestyn Davies
Merab Lucy Crowe
Michal Sophie Bevan

Jonathan Paul Appleby
High Priest Benjamin Hulett
Witch of Endor John Graham-Hall

Conductor Ivor Bolton
Director Barrie Kosky
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Glyndebourne Opera, Glyndebourne

HANDEL: SAUL


Glyndebourne On Tour

Conductor: ​Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky / Revival Director: ​Donna Stirrup

Henry Waddington: Saul​​
Christopher Ainslie: David​
Sarah Tynan: Merab​​
Anna Devin: Michal
BENJAMIN HULETT: Jonathan
​The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Glyndebourne Opera, Glyndebourne

HANDEL: SAUL


Glyndebourne On Tour

Conductor: ​Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky / Revival Director: ​Donna Stirrup

Henry Waddington: Saul​​
Christopher Ainslie: David​
Sarah Tynan: Merab​​
Anna Devin: Michal
BENJAMIN HULETT: Jonathan
​The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Glyndebourne Opera, Glyndebourne

HANDEL: SAUL


Glyndebourne On Tour

Conductor: ​Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky / Revival Director: ​Donna Stirrup

Henry Waddington: Saul​​
Christopher Ainslie: David​
Sarah Tynan: Merab​​
Anna Devin: Michal
BENJAMIN HULETT: Jonathan
​The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

HANDEL: SAUL


Glyndebourne On Tour

Conductor: ​Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky / Revival Director: ​Donna Stirrup

Henry Waddington: Saul​​
Christopher Ainslie: David​
Sarah Tynan: Merab​​
Anna Devin: Michal
BENJAMIN HULETT: Jonathan
​The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

HANDEL: SAUL


Glyndebourne On Tour

Conductor: ​Laurence Cummings
Director: Barrie Kosky / Revival Director: ​Donna Stirrup

Henry Waddington: Saul​​
Christopher Ainslie: David​
Sarah Tynan: Merab​​
Anna Devin: Michal
BENJAMIN HULETT: Jonathan
​The Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

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Press

Handel

Saul

Glyndebourne Festival Opera / July 2015

"Magnificent performances have been drawn from the entire cast. ... Benjamin Hulett is vibrantly robust of voice as a deformed court jester impersonating multiple roles in the story." The Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen, 24 July 2015
"Benjamin Hulett was truly brilliant as the new fool-like character, welding his sequence of almost random arias into a clear role and having an omnipresent theatrical effect which gave a strong counterpoint to the drama. ... His interventions, and arias sung to the audience brought a real feel of extra commentary to the drama and his music performance was spot on and certainly showed him ready to take on larger roles." Opera Today, Robert Hugill, 24 July 2015
"Musically this evening is well-nigh flawless. No praise too high for the singing of Davies, Appleby, and Purves; of Lucy Crowe and Sophie Bevan as Merab and Michal respectively, and of Benjamin Hullett as a cross between a clown and a soothsayer." The Independent, Michael Church, 24 July 2015
"...there are fine performances from Paul Appleby as Jonathan and Benjamin Hulett, who conflates the roles of Abner, Doeg and the High Priest into a king’s fool." Financial Times, Laura Battle, 26 July 2015

Howells

Stabat Mater Recording on Naxos

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill

The solo tenor is the admirably clear, steady and ardent Ben Hulett... Len Mullenger, Musicweb
The result is a fine reading, much enhanced by the tender beauty of tenor soloist Benjamin Hulett, who brings elegance and urgency to this anguished work... Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
The crowning glory is Benjamin Hulett’s fine tenor, which brings heart-breaking intimacy. Max Pappenheim, Sinfini Music
Hulett’s lovely, clear-voiced tenor works well against the swirling underlay of the orchestra...
David Vernier, Classics Today

Handel

Messiah

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

"...what a team of soloists Cohen had at his disposal: every one a star, with countertenor Tim Mead, tenor Benjamin Hulett, the fabulous bass Neal Davies, and glorious German soprano Lydia Teuscher, all in outstanding form."

Michael Tumelty / Herald Scotland / 3 January 2014

Handel (arr. Mendelssohn)

Acis and Galatea

Iford Manor

Benjamin Hulett's elegant tenor, every word distinct... Rian Evans, The Guardian

Recordings

Departures

Works by Lennox Berkeley, Roger Quilter, Giles Swayne, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Benjamin Hulett, tenor
Alexander Soddy, piano
Saphrane