Biography

Biography

     The tenor, native of Youngstown, Ohio, has performed locally in his hometown and internationally from the Caribbean Islands to Estonia. Recently, Benjamin performed in the world premiere of Iphigenia by Wayne Shorter and esperanza spalding, and went on to make his Kennedy Center debut with said opera. In past years, he has appeared in Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s Madama Butterfly and The Enchanted Forest; Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s Merrie England; Folk Operetta’s The Flower of Hawaii; Transgressive Theatre-Opera’s Comte Ory; Indianapolis Opera’s productions of La traviata and South Pacific; Boze Lyric Theatre’s Meanwhile, Back at Cinderella’s, Down in the Valley, Regina, The Gondoliers; and Opera Western Reserve's La bohème and Il barbiere di Siviglia

     Benjamin studied abroad in Milan, Italy for vocal performance and opera. While he was there, he gained proficiency in the Italian language and progressed his musicianship level. He joined a professional concerto chorus and performed works such as: Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem and George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He studied with Patrizia Zanardi and Il maestro Vincenzo Manno, at Fondazione IES Abroad Italy and Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado. He performed weekly with chamber ensembles at various venues like Casa di Riposo per Musicisti, a home for retired opera singers and musicians founded by Giuseppe Verdi himself. Benjamin was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship that allowed him to have this invaluable experience. 

     Benjamin received his M.M. Vocal Performance degree under the study of Mark Crayton at Roosevelt University. He graduated from Anderson University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance in the studio of Dr. Fritz Robertson.