© Robert Workman
© Robert Workman
Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music before graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2013 under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill. His major bursars include the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Joaninha Trust and the Wagner Society. He has participated in masterclasses with including Kiri Te Kanawa, Della Jones, Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Dove (for Music Theatre Wales) and Graham Clark. In addition, Ben was twice a Britten-Pears scholar. He continues his study privately with David Pollard.
Highlights in recent seasons include Arbace Idomeneo and Aufidio Lucio Silla for Buxton International Festival; Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for Opera de Baugé; Siegfried in The Quest for the Ring: scenes from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Royal Festival Hall in association with Opera North; and Melot Tristan und Isolde for Longborough Festival Opera.
Operatic roles include President Mittwoch aus Licht (Birmingham Opera/BBC Proms); Kuzka Khovanschina (Birmingham Opera Company), Tito La clemenza di Tito (Teatru Manoel); Tamino The Magic Flute (Regents Opera, Ryedale Festival, Garsington Emerging Artists); Vanya Kudrjash Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera); Cavaradossi Tosca and Don José Carmen (Minack Theatre); First Armed Man The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera); Dick Johnson Fanciulla del West (OperaUpClose); and Mat of the Mint The Beggar’s Opera (The Royal Opera).
Roles understudied include Actaeon Diana and Actaeon (The Royal Opera); Max Der Freischütz (Opéra Comique; Florestan Fidelio and Tamino The Magic Flute (Garsington Opera); Anatole War and Peace (Welsh National Opera); Orpheus the Man in The Mask of Orpheus, Kunz Vogelgesang The Mastersingers of Nuremberg (English National Opera); Florestan Leonore and Bajazet Tamerlano (Buxton Festival); and the tenor roles in Philip Glass’ The Trial for Music Theatre Wales.
Concert performances include Monteverdi Vespers (Monteverdi Choir); Handel Messiah (Royal Albert Hall, Hanover Band, Manchester Camerata); Beethoven 9th Symphony (St. David’s Hall, Cardiff); Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Tewkesbury Abbey); Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (Royal Festival Hall); Rossini Petite messe solennelle (Jesus College Cambridge); Rachmaninov The Bells (King’s College Cambridge); Mozart C Minor Mass (St. John’s Smith Square); Mozart Requiem (Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall); Verdi Requiem (Saffron Hall, G-Live Guildford); Britten St. Nicolas (Wakefield Cathedral); and a Leeds Town Hall recital with Dr. Simon Lindley.
Handel Messiah / City of Birmingham Choir and CBSO / 2019
“Tenor Ben Thapa was positively operatic, with much weaving about, seemingly enjoying interpreting Handel … Totally thought – provoking.”
(Midlands Music Reviews)
Pelléas / Pelléas et Mélisande / Opera on the Move / 2019
“…the Pelléas of Ben Thapa, who sang in a strong, dark tenor and exemplified the productions’s physicality…”
Arbace / Idomeneo / Buxton Festival / 2018
“Ben Thapa brought assurance to his Arbace”
“Ben Thapa gave strong support as Arbace”