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Ben Thapa

the tenor Ben Thapa, whose dramatic and passionate delivery in all that he sang held the audience almost spellbound. We were comforted in Comfort ye my people and we certainly knew that Every valley shall be exalted. Yet, later in the performance, Ben sang the four tenor items beginning with Thy rebuke hath broken his heart with such intense tenderness it communicated the desperate situation, beautifully written by Handel almost personally to every one of the audience.” (Harrogate Choral Society)

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. Ben's major bursaries include the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wagner Society. Ben has participated in a number of masterclasses, 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. Ben continues his study privately with David Pollard.

Operatic credits include: President (Mittwoch aus Licht, Birmingham Opera/BBC Proms), Kuzka (Kovanschina, Birmingham Opera Company), Tito (La Clemenza di Tito, Teatru Manoel, Malta), Tamino (Magic Flute, Regents Opera, Ryedale Festival, Garsington Emerging Artists), Melot (Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera), Vanya Kudrjash (Katya Kabanova, Scottish Opera), Cavaradossi (Tosca​, Minack Theatre), Don José (Carmen, Minack Theatre), First Armed Man (Magic Flute, Garsington Opera) and Mat of the Mint (Beggar's Opera, Royal Opera), and recently the role of Siegfried in The Quest for the Ring: scenes from Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Royal Festival Hall in association with Opera North. 

Roles understudied include Actaeon (Diana and Actaeon, Royal Opera), Max (Der Freischütz, Opera Comique, Paris), Florestan (Fidelio, Garsington Opera), Tamino (Magic Flute, Garsington Opera), Kunz Vogelgesang (Mastersingers of Nuremberg, English National Opera) and the tenor roles in Philip Glass' The Trial for Music Theatre Wales at the Royal Opera and on tour.

Concert performances include a concert tour of Monteverdi Vespers with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, Handel Messiah (Royal Albert Hall, Hanover Band, Manchester Camerata, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John's Smith Square), Mozart C Minor Mass (St. John's Smith Square, London Mozart Players), Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Tewkesbury Cathedral, Burford Singers/Brian Kay), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Colston Hall, Jesus College Cambridge, Cadogan Hall), Verdi Requiem (Tewkesbury Abbey, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Saffron Hall, London Guildhall, G-Live Guildford), Haydn The Creation (RAH), Mozart Requiem (RAH, SMITF, King's College Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth Hall), Rachmaninov The Bells (King's Cambridge), Beethoven 9th Symphony (St. David's Hall Cardiff), Mendelssohn Elijah (G-Live), Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (Royal Festival Hall), Beethoven Missa Solemnis (Leeds Town Hall), Britten War Requiem (Gresham's, Chester Cathedral) and St Nicolas (Wakefield Cathedral), and a Leeds Town Hall recital with Dr. Simon Lindley.

Current and future plans include a recital including Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo in Norway, Mozart C Minor Mass at Colston Hall, Bristol and the role of Aufidio Lucio Silla for Buxton Festival Opera. 

Ben Thapa is represented for opera by Steven Swales and non-exclusively for concert work by Davies Music.

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Bach St Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra, Good Friday 2015

"...there was some delightful ornamentation and buoyant lyricism from Ben Thapa in his recitative "My Lord stays silent" and his aria "Endure through lies"..." Seen and Heard International April 2015

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Posted on May 22nd 2017

Ben Thapa "outstandingly good"

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Posted on April 11th 2017

Unusual choral repertoire 2 - Mendelssohn

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Posted on November 25th 2015

Messiah in Norway - Susanna Fairbairn, Esther Brazil, Ben Thapa, Alex Ashworth

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Posted on October 21st 2015

Ben Thapa - "thrilling" in Rachmaninov Vespers with Huddersfield Choral Society

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Posted on July 23rd 2015

QEH triumph with Ben Thapa and Njabulo Madlala

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Posted on June 12th 2015

May Highlights

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Posted on May 1st 2014