Acclaimed for his full and warm lyrical voice, American tenor Benjamin Popson has received praise for his many interpretations as a highly musically sensitive artist in both opera and lied. From 2012 until 2014, Popson attended the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where he studied with soprano, Michèle Crider. During his studies, Benjamin performed the role of Pélleas in Debussy’s Pélleas et Mélisande with the Opera Department of the Mozarteum.
For the 2014-16 seasons, Popson joined the Opern Studio of the Hamburgische Staatsoper in Hamburg, Germany. While in Hamburg he performed such roles as Victorin in Die Tote Stadt, Harry in La Fanciulla del West, Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Le Comte de Lerme in Don Carlos, Stephen Foley in Huw Watkins’ premier of In the Locked Room, and originated the role of Kevin in Daigger/Durão’s contemporary opera Minibar. During the 2014-15 season, Popson made his debut at the Kiel Staatsoper in their production of Wagner’s Rienzi in the role of Baroncelli.
As a Lied performer, Benjamin Popson has given concerts at the Körber-Stiftung of Hamburg, Heidelberger-Frühling Festival, and Italian Culture Center of Hamburg. In 2016, Popson took part in the Heidelberger-Frühling Festival with Thomas Hampson, Brigitte Fassbaender and Wolfram Rieger.
Benjamin began the 2016-17 season with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater Trier, singing the role of Lysander. Following his success in Trier, he joined the ensemble of Theater Hof for the 2016-2017, where he was heard in such roles as Macduff in Macbeth, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelities, Erster Fremder in Der Vetter aus Dingsda, and Armando Cellini in Maske in Blau.
In Dec. 2017 Benjamin debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Wagner's Tannhäuser.
In 2018 Benjamin gave his debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin in the acclaimed production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Following his success, he was later engaged again at the Staatsoper for the main tenor role in A Monteverdi Project, a reworking of baroque pieces of music in a contemporary setting. In the 2019-20 season, Benjamin performed for the first time with the Essener Philharmoniker in their Konzert Festival of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as the Tenor Soloist. Also in 2019, Benjamin will perform the Berlin premier of Eötvös' Angels in America as Prior Walter.