Benjamin Hulett

Credit: Hans Lebbe, HLP images


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, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Edinburgh and Baden-Baden Festivals, and at the BBC Proms, and sang his first Tom Rakewell throughout France. He has performed in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony orchestras under Dutoit, Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Nagano, Salzburg Mozartwoche under Bolton, Berliner Philharmoniker under Rattle, and with Norrington, Haïm, 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’Orfée d’Or and Diapason. He returns to the 2018 BBC Proms for Theodora, and future engagements include his debut at Carnegie Hall (Bicket), Rodelinda for the Opera de Lille, Idomeneo for the Teatro Real Madrid, Saul at the Chatelet Theatre Paris, and a return to Covent Garden as Tamino.


Performance Schedule


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    HANDEL arr. MENDELSSOHN 'Israel in Agypten'

    Label: Vivat

    Release Date: 07 Dec 16

    Conductor: Robert King

    Soprano: Lydia Teuscher
    Soprano: Julia Doyle
    Alto: Hilary Summers
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Bass: Roderick Williams

    Choir of the King’s Consort
    The King’s Consort

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    'Visions Fugitives'

    Label: Saphrane

    Release Date: 08 Mar 13

    Works by Britten and Prokoviev.

    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Orchestra: 440Hz
    Concert master: Charlotte Potgieter

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    GREENE 'Spenser's Amoretti'

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 03 Dec 12

    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Harpsichord: Luke Green
    Theorbo: Giangiacomo Pinardi

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    HANDEL arr. MENDELSSOHN 'Acis and Galatea'

    Label: Nimbus Alliance

    Release Date: 15 Oct 12

    Conductor: Stephen Darlington

    Soprano: Jeni Bern
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Tenor: Nathan Vale
    Bass: Brinkley Serratt

    Choir of Christ Church Cathedral
    Oxford Philomusica

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    HANDEL 'Alceste'

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 30 Apr 12

    Conductor: Christian Curnyn

    Soprano: Lucy Crowe
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Bass-baritone: Andrew Foster-Williams

    Early Opera Company

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    Label: Saphrane

    Release Date: 15 Nov 10

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

    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Piano: Alexander Soddy

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    ECCLES 'The Judgment of Paris'

    Label: Chaconne

    Release Date: 30 Mar 09

    Conductor: Christian Curnyn

    Soprano: Claire Booth,
    Soprano: Lucy Crowe
    Mezzo-soprano: Susan Bickley
    Tenor: Benjamin Hulett
    Baritone: Roderick Williams

    Early Opera Company

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    07 Sep 18 Handel: Theodora Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen
    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

    Benjamin Hulett made an outstanding Septimius: Descend, Kind Pity, noble in its eloquence, was one of the evening’s real high points…
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian

    …the ever-superb Iestyn Davies and Benjamin Hulett as Didymus and Septimius…
    Michael Church, The Independent

    Hulett’s delivery of “Descend, kind pity” gave particular pleasure.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

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    01 Jun 18 MOZART Die Zauberflöte
    Garsington Opera

    “Benjamin Hulett gives us the most forcefully-sung Tamino we have heard in years”
    Michael Church, The Independent, 02 June 2018

    “Benjamin Hulett’s clean-edged Tamino”
    George Hall, The Stage, 01 June 2018

    “Hulett is in radiant voice”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 01 June 2018

    “Hulett’s voice has a heroic ring”
    Richard Bratby, The Spectator, 09 June 2018

    “…this is as strong a cast as Garsington has ever fielded…[Louise Alder’s Pamina] finds her match in Benjamin Hulett’s Tamino. Heroic of voice and presence (no crooning for his “Dies Bildnis”), he’s no fey princeling – a match if ever there was one for James Creswell’s luxurious Sarastro.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 01 June 2018

    “Benjamin Hulett’s muscular tenor made him a more heroic Tamino than usual, “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” ardent in tone”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 01 June 2018

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    21 Jul 17 BEETHOVEN Fidelio
    BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena at the BBC Proms

    The fresh voiced tenor, Benjamin Hulett, was ideal for the lovelorn Jaquino.
    Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International

    As Jaquino, Benjamin Hulett was a vocally attractive partner for Alder and he imbued the spoken text with sensitivity and dignity. His opening duet with Alder, ‘Jetzt Schätzchen’ (Yes, sweetheart), made for an effectively sunny contrast to the Hadean depths of Florestan’s underworld to come.
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today

    Alder added fantasy and mystery in Marzelline’s ‘O wär ich schon’, and Hulett countered her divided loyalties with Jaquino’s irresistible charm.
    Peter Reed, ClassicalSource

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    01 May 17 CAVALLI Hipermestra
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera

    Benjamin Hulett (Arbante), Ana Quintans (Elisa) and Renato Dolcini (Danao) were excellent…
    Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

    Arbante, whose rejection by Hipermestra causes him to lie to Linceo about her faithlessness, was strongly sung by Benjamin Hulett.

    Benjamin Hulett and Alessandro Fisher sang strongly as Arbante and Delmiro.
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times

    Benjamin Hulett, Renato Dolcini and Anthony Gregory make the attendant tyrants and courtiers vivid.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

    Benjamin Hulett added yet another role to his impressive Glyndebourne list as Arbante
    Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH

    As the loyal general Arbante, tenor Benjamin Hulett confirmed his growing reputation.
    Mark Valencia, WhatsOnStage

    Benjamin Hulett’s Arbante burns with Iago-like duplicity: the tenderness of his voice belies Arbante’s villainy.
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today

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    06 Jan 17 HANDEL Messiah
    RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

    “The evening’s star soloist was tenor Benjamin Hulett, who sounded at all times as if he owned the music, and his every last word mattered.”
    Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

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    12 Aug 16 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

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    04 Mar 16 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

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    08 Dec 15 LEONCAVALLO I Pagliacci
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “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

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    16 Nov 15 HANDEL Saul
    Glyndebourne on Tour

    “…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

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    27 Jul 15 HANDEL Saul
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera

    “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

    “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


The Tempest Ferdinand

Fidelio Jaquino

Lucio Silla Lucio Silla

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

Alcina Oronte
Rodelinda Grimoaldo

Phaedra Hippolyt

Die Besessenen Lesczcuk

L’incoronazione di Poppea Arnalta, Lucano

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

La Pietra del Paragone Giocondo

The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell

Salome Narraboth
Elektra Junger Diener
Die Frau ohne Schatten Erschienung eines Jünglings

Der fliegende Holländer Steuermann

Please contact Jonathan Turnbull for concert repertoire.