Benjamin Hulett

Benjamin Hulett

Tenor

Biography

British tenor Benjamin Hulett emerged from a stint at the Hamburg Staatsoper into a high-flying career in both opera and concert music in the 2010s, working in top opera houses and with A-list conductors. Hulett's musical career began, like so many others, with a term as a choral scholar at one of Britain's great university cathedrals, in this case at New College, Oxford. He moved on to study opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and then landed a spot in the Hamburg company from 2005 to 2009. This gave him experience in a wide variety of roles, from Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte to the Novice in Britten's Billy Budd. He also made debuts in other houses in the German- and English-speaking worlds, and by the mid-2010s his résumé included such diverse roles as Hippolyt in Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra (at the Berliner Staatsoper) and the title role in J.C. Bach's Lucio Silla (at the Salzburg Mozartwochen). Hulett has performed at Wigmore Hall in London and at several major festivals in the U.K., including those at Aldeburgh and Buxton, and at the Oxford Lieder Festival. He has been increasingly in demand as an interpreter of song.

Hulett's catalog of recordings is notable for its depth, given that he just began his career. After making his debut with a pair of thematic song recitals in 2009 and 2010, one (Visions fugitives) with the ensemble 440 Hz, and the other (Departures) with duet partner Alexander Soddy, Hulett moved to Naxos for a recording of the very rarely heard settings of Edmund Spenser's sonnets by 18th century composer Maurice Greene, accompanied by a harpsichord and theorbo. He has also recorded for the Stone and Guild labels, confirming his reputation as one of the most versatile young tenors on the scene. In 2018 Hulett appeared on an Early Opera Company recording of Handel's Acis and Galatea, released on the Chandos label.

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