Benjamin Bruns

Benjamin Bruns began his singing career as an alto soloist with the boys' choir in his home city of Hanover. After four years of private singing lessons with Professor Peter Sefcik, he studied at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg under the Kammersängerin Renate Behle. While still a student, he was offered a permanent contract by the Theater Bremen, a position which allowed him to build up a broadly based repertoire at an early stage. It was followed by a similar contract with the opera house in Cologne.


His professional journey then took him via the Dresden State Opera to the Vienna State Opera, where he can be heard in the great lyrical roles for his voice, such as Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Belmonte and Conte Almaviva. Furthermore, his musical range covers roles such as Oronte (Alcina), Belmonte (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Camille de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), Froh (Das Rheingold), Lysander (Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream), Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola), Boris Grigorievic (Janácek: Kátia Kabanová) and also the Italian Tenor in the Strauss operas Capriccio and Der Rosenkavalier.

He has performed in a guest capacity at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, the Staatstheater in Nuremberg, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and also at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In summer 2012, he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as the Steersman in The Flying Dutchman. In the 2013-2014 season, Bruns will perform at the Vienna State Opera for instance as Tamino in the new production of Mozart`s Magic Flute (directed by: Moshe Leiser & Patrice Caurier) under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach and he will also sing in Richard Strauss's Arabella at the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christian Thielemann.

Oratorio and lieder form an important counterweight to Bruns's stage work. At the heart of his extensive concert repertoire are the great sacred works by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn. He has sung with such renowned ensembles as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Czech Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Cappella Istropolitana, the chorus and orchestra of Netherlands Radio, the Tölzer Knabenchor, the Dresden Baroque Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic, the London Symphony Chorus, the orchestra of the Bach Academy in Stuttgart, and the Gächinger Kantorei conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Also during the 2013-2014 season, he manages to have time for interesting concert projects. In Bach`s Christmas Oratorio he will perform with the St. Thomas Boys Choir Leipzig under Georg Christoph Biller as well as with the Windsbacher Knabenchor under Martin Lehmann and also with Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern. He sings Mozart`s Requiem in Pittsburgh and
New York with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck and also Haydn`s The Seasons under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna.

Bruns is an awardee of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (Federal Singing Competition) in Berlin, the Mozart Competition in Hamburg and the international singing competition of the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber Opera. The very special honours accorded to him include the 2008 Kurt Hübner Prize awarded by the Theater Bremen and the 2009 Young Musicians' Prize awarded by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.