Mr. Schaefer finishes his 2018-2019 season with performances as Figaro in The Ghosts of Versailles and Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades, both at The Glimmerglass Festival before beginning the 2019-2020 season with a concert conducted by Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Kimmel Center, Figaro in the Curtis Institue of Music's production of The Barber of Seville and a house debut at the Royal Opera of Versailles.
Iowa native, and promising young baritone, Ben Schaefer, returns to the Glimmerglass Festival in the summer of 2019 where he performs the roles of Figaro in John Corgliano's The Ghosts of Versailles and Prince Yeletsky in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. He then begins the 2019/2020 season singing Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in a concert of Mozart operas conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He then sings his first performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Curtis Institute of Music before making his house debut at the Royal Opera of Versailles and singing Sid in the Curtis Institute's production of Albert Herring.
In the 2018/2019 season, Ben joined the Glimmerglass Festival where he performed the role of Fiorello and covered the title role in Francesca Zambello's new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Lieutenant Audebert in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night. As a member of Palm Beach Opera's Benenson Young Artist Program he performed the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Barone Douphol in La traviata, and covered both title role and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Mr. Schaefer has also performed as a part of the Aspen Summer Music Festival as a member of their Opera Center and Des Moines Metro Opera's Apprentice Artist Program, where he covered the role of Young Galileo in Philip Glass's Galileo Galilei.
to the audience's delight"
-South Florida Classical Review
In concert he has been the baritone soloist in Duruflé's Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and Handel's Messiah. He was also recently the recipient of 2nd Place and the Sylvia Busse Award in the annual Houston Saengerbund Competition for German singing.
Mr. Schaefer recently completed his master's degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he was the recipient of the Edward J. & Frances Bing Memorial Award and Scholarship. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Simpson College, where he performed as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, the title character in Gianni Schicchi, Giove in La calisto, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, and the Ferryman in Curlew River, among other roles. During his time at Simpson, Ben was the recipient of an Honors Recital, the Sven and Mildred Lekberg Award, the Douglas Duncan Music Award, and the Ann Larsen Music Scholarship.