Benjamin Hulett

Introduction

Benjamin Hulett graduated from New College, Oxford and studied with David Pollard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He has sung with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Edinburgh and Baden-Baden festivals, and at the BBC Proms. He performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Nagano, Salzburg Mozartwoche under Bolton, Berliner Philharmoniker under Rattle, and with Norrington, Haim, Pinnock, Hogwood and Jurowski; in recital at the Wigmore Hall, and the Aldeburgh, Buxton, Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder festivals. His recordings have received nominations and awards from the BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, Grammy, L’Orfee d’Or and Diapason.

Opera engagements this season include his first Tom Rakewell throughout France, and a return to the Glyndebourne Festival for Cavalli’s Hipermestra; in concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Juanjo Mena), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (John Wilson), and at the Vienna Musikverein.

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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/Lysander)
The Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)

HANDEL  
Alcina (Oronte)
Rodelinda (Grimoaldo)

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)

STRAVINSKY
The Rake's Progress (Tom Rakewell)

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

WAGNER  
Der fliegende Holländer (Steuermann)


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Schedule

Theatre de Caen, CAEN

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Jean Deroyer
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestre Régional de Normandie
Choeur de l'opéra de Limoges

Theatre de Caen, CAEN

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Jean Deroyer
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestre Régional de Normandie
Choeur de l'opéra de Limoges

Grand Theatre de Reims, REIMS

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Jean Deroyer
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestra of Opéra de Reims
Chorus of Opéra de Limoges

Grand Theatre de Reims, REIMS

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Jean Deroyer
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestra of Opéra de Reims
Chorus of Opéra de Limoges

Opera de Rouen, ROUEN

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Leo Hussain
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Choeur Accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Opera de Rouen, ROUEN

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Leo Hussain
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Choeur Accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie

Opera de Rouen, ROUEN

STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress'

Conductor: Leo Hussain
Director: David Bobée

TOM RAKEWELL: BENJAMIN HULETT
Anne Trulove: Marie Arnet
Baba the Turk: Isabelle Druet
Nick Shadow: Kevin Short
Sellem: Colin Judson
Mother Goose: Kathleen Wilkinson
Father Trulove: Stephan Loges

Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Choeur Accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie

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Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Benjamin Hulett a lyrical and impassioned Lysander. Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 12 August 2016
...the quartet of lovers– Kate Royal and Elizabeth DeShong as Helena and Hermia, Benjamin Hulett and Duncan Rock as Lysander and Demetrius – were a delight ... Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 August 2016
The four lovers – Duncan Rock (Demetrius), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Benjamin Hulett (Lysander) and Kate Royal (Helena) – rise splendidly to the challenge of their roles, nowhere more so than in their exquisite quartet of reconciliation. Barry Millington, The Stage, 12 August 2016
Benjamin Hulett's lyric tenor was the perfect fit for gentle Lysander Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 12 August 2016
Benjamin Hulett ramped up Lysander’s ardour magnificently. Peter Reed, Classical Source, 11 August 2016
[Hermia] was ably partnered by Benjamin Hulett’s sweet-toned Lysander – good to see him fulfil the promise he’d shown in last season’s Saul. Melanie Eskenazi, Music OHM, 14 August 2016
Elizabeth DeShong’s spirited Hermia and Benjamin Hulett’s confident Lysander make an excellent pairing. Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 14 August 2016
The lovers are nicely defined, Benjamin Hulett’s easy-going Lysander contrasting with Duncan Rock’s impetuous Demetrius. Clare Colvin, Express, 24 August 2016
Benjamin Hulett made a likable Lysander, fluid and springy of voice. Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, October 2016

Ravel

L'heure Espagnole

Symphony Hall Boston

Benjamin Hulett exhibited quite a splendid romantic tenor as the loquacious poet Gonzalve... 

David Wright, Boston Classical Review

Leoncavallo

Pagliacci

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / December 2015

Benjamin Hulett turned the relatively small role of Beppe into a major one and sang effortlessly... Keith McDonnell, Music OMH
Praise, too, for Benjamin Hulett...
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
Benjamin Hulett’s lyrical Beppe was a great pleasure... Peter Reed, Classical Source
Benjamin Hulett makes a predictably sweet-toned Beppe... Michael Church, The Independent

Handel

Saul

Glyndebourne on Tour 2015

He was met with a corresponding earnestness and charm in the account of Jonathan by Benjamin Hulett. Curtis Rogers, Classical Source
...Benjamin Hulett’s Jonathan, warm, bewildered and torn... Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
...tenor Benjamin Hulett is excellent as Saul’s son Jonathan.  Clare Colvin, Express
Benjamin Hulett makes an attractive and lyrical Jonathan... Goerge Hall, The Stage
Benjamin Hulett not only sang mellifluously – a very fine “Birth and fortune I despise” – but also encapsulated Jonathan’s confusion, torn between loyalty to his father and an almost homoerotic attraction to the outsider, David.  Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack
Saul’s son Jonathan was given a very fine performance by Benjamin Hulett, who had impressed us in the smaller roles of High Priest / Abner / Amalekite in the Festival; this is a real Handel tenor, capable of impressive agility and ease of articulation as well as the warmth of tone needed for Saul’s compassionate son. Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH
Tenor Benjamin Hulett moves across from singing the hobbity High Priest in the summer and makes a strong impression as Jonathan. Mark Valencia, What's on Stage

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

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Recordings

Departures

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

Benjamin Hulett, tenor
Alexander Soddy, piano
Saphrane