Ben Edquist
Baritone Ben Edquist is one of America’s young baritones on the rise. As a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio he originated the roles of Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, the baritone Angel in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and Sir Walter Raleigh in Gregory Spears’ O Columbia.
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Ben Edquist

Other highlights with Houston Grand Opera include: Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, the Pilot in The Little Prince, Jigger Craigin in Carousel, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Older Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied. Since leaving the Studio, Ben has been in three other world premieres, portraying Mayo Buckman in Tom Cipullo’s newest opera Mayo, the role of Manfred in Jake Heggie's Out of Darkness: Two Remain with Atlanta Opera, and, in his European debut, the role of Remo in The Skating Rink by David Sawer with Garsington Opera. This season Mr. Edquist shared performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia(role debut),, Hawkins Fuller in Fellow Travelers, and Kaiser Overall in Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Pierrot in L’ile de Merlin with Wolf Trap Opera. This Spring he will sing the romantic lead in She Loves Me with Madison Opera, Papageno in The Magic Flute with New Orleans Opera, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd with Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as return to Houston Grand Opera to cover the lead role of Jan in Breaking the Waves. Mr. Edquist has spent his summers performing with the Glimmerglass Festival and Wolf Trap Opera. After a season with the Wolf Trap Opera Studio in which he sang the role of Antonio in Il viaggio a Reims, he returned as a Filene Young Artist to perform the roles of William in The Fall of the House of Usher and the Father in The Juniper Tree. Mr. Edquist made his Glimmerglass Festival debut in 2014 as Jigger Craigin in Carousel, and returned to the festival the following season to perform Papageno in a new production of The Magic Flute.

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