The American tenor Benjamin Brecher has gained great acclaim with his many performances on the opera and concert stages. Mr. Brecher has performed with numerous Opera companies including: New York City Opera, Opera de Montreal, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, the Harrisburg Opera, Toledo Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Berkshire Opera, Arizona Opera, Anchorage Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre, the Glimmerglass Opera, the Aspen Opera Theatre, and the Ohio Light Opera.
He has performed over ten roles with The New York City Opera since 1997; appearing in their productions of Il Viaggio a Reims, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflotë, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Carmen, Seven Deadly Sins, and the New York premiere of Central Park. Other recent engagements include: La Sonnambula, I Capuleti e I Montecchi, and Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York; La Fille du Règiment with Arizona Opera; and concerts entitled A Celtic Celebration with the symphonies of; St. Louis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Ft. Worth, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Naples, Seattle, Florida, and the National Symphony at Kennedy Center. In the summer of 2001 he made his debut in Pesaro, Italy at the Rossini Opera Festival, followed by The Barber of Seville in Palm Beach, and Così fan Tutte in Israel.
In 2003 he sang Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri with Opera de Montreal; returned to Palm Beach for Camille in The Merry Widow; sang and recorded Candide with Rome Opera in Italy; sang the Mozart Requiem in Los Angeles; performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in Naples; and performed concerts in San Antonio, Evansville, Baltimore, and Portland. In December 2003 he hosted the Yuletide Celebration concerts with the Seattle Symphony and Oregon Symphony Orchestra. During 2004 he continued Celtic Celebration concerts in Omaha, Salt Lake City, and Naples, Florida; sang L’Italiana in Algeri with Opera Nice in France; and reprised Don Ottavio in Connecticut. Also in 2004, Ben begian new Irish music concerts with Maestro Erich Kunzel, performing with the orchestras of Cincinnati and Cleveland.
The year 2005 he continued his Operatic performances and concerts throughout the United States. Performances include: Barber of Seville in Witchita, Portland, Boston, and Savannah. Ben performd Jupiter in Handel’s Semele, in a new production that is set like the television show Dallas. Ben returnd to Ft. Myers to sing the Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings; Celtic Celebration concerts in Indianapolis; and in December he returns to the Cincinnati Symphony Pops to sing Holiday Concerts with Maestro Erich Kunzel. 2006 brought Carmina Burana in Palm Beach; Barber of Seville in Los Angeles; and Magic Flute in Boston. He will also perform Celtic Celebration concerts in Columbus, and perform Salute to the Tony’s with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
He is a graduate of The Juilliard Opera Center; received his B.M. at Bowling Green State University, and his Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1992 he was the first place winner in the National Opera Association Competition and was awarded the Richard and Sarah Tucker Scholarship in 1999 and the Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant in 1994.
Mr. Brecher has recorded Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra; an Award winning recording of the Tenor Solos from Messiah on Nonesuch records; Schubert Vocal Quartets on Arabesque; and can be heard on the cast recordings of Louisiana Purchase and King David.