During the season 2009/10 lyric tenor Benjamin Bruns will be a member of the ensemble at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, where his main tasks are the Mozart and Rossini roles of his repertoire. With Tamino and Belmonte he has already been a welcome guest in Dresden for some time. The afore-mentioned roles also took him to the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich, as well as to the Berlin State Opera. Benjamin Bruns will become a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera as of August 2010.
An important counterbalance to his operatic work have been numerous appearances in oratorios. Here his focus has been on the great sacred works of Bach, Händel, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Rossini, amongst which his interpretation of Bach’s passions deserves special mentioning. Prestigious ensembles such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, Dresden Baroque Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic or the London Symphony Chorus belong to his musical partners as well as the Bach Academy Stuttgart and the Gächinger Kantorei under Helmuth Rilling. Especially close ties connect him to the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and his Artistic Director Rolf Beck. Besides opera and concert Benjamin Bruns devotes himself also to Lieder singing and has appeared successfully with his pianist Prof. Karola Theill.
Benjamin Bruns sang as a boy-alto in Hannover, where he was born, in its famous boys choir. After four years of vocal training with Prof. Peter Sefcik, he completed his education at the University for Music and Theatre Hamburg, where he studied with Kammersängerin Renate Behle. In 2004, while still studying in Hamburg, he was offered a contract to join the ensemble of the Bremen theatre, where he acquired a broad repertoire of roles, before he joined the ensemble of the Cologne Opera in 2008. He is a winner of the Hamburg Mozart Competition, the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin and the International Singing Competition at Rheinsberg Castle. As a special honor he was awarded the KurtHübner-Prize of the Bremen Theatre in 2008.