Ben Thapa (tenor) studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London, and currently studies with Adrian Thompson. Ben has been supported by a number of major bursaries, including funds from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and, most recently, the Wagner Society of Great Britain.
Ben’s recent performance as Vanya Kudrjash in Scottish Opera’s touring production of Katya Kabanova drew significant critical acclaim: ‘an impressively assured performance in his debut for the company’ (Post and Journal), and ‘one of the highlights of the evening’ (Opera Britannia). Other roles include Corebo La Didone, (GSMD/Christian Curnyn; ‘beautiful tone and beautiful phrasing’ Opera), Mat of the Mint (Beggar’s Opera, Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House), understudy Siegmund Die Walküre (Wagner Society/David Syrus) and First Prisoner/understudy Florestan Fidelio (Garsington Opera).
Recent concert engagements include Monteverdi Vespers (BBC Proms/European Concert tour, John Eliot Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir), Bach St Matthew Passion (St John’s Smith Square/Charivari Agreable), Mozart Requiem (SJSS/Charivari, King’s College Cambridge), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Derby Cathedral), Rachmaninov The Bells (King’s College, Cambridge), Elgar Dream of Gerontius (Derby Cathedral) and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (Cadogan Hall/Sonitus/Orion Orchestra) and Mass in G (King’s Place).
Future plans include an Armed Man/Priest/understudy Tamino Die Zauberflöte (Garsington Opera) and understudy Max Der Freischütz (l’Opera Comique, Paris/John Eliot Gardiner).