Benjamin Wood is quickly establishing himself as an operatic, music theater, and concert performer. The Colorado baritone is distinguished by his sophisticated musicality and engaging stage presence. Recent operatic credits include the premier of How Green Was My Valley (Davy Morgan) with Central City Opera, Carmen (Moralès) with Opera Colorado, La Bohéme (Marcello) with Loveland Opera Theatre, Trouble in Tahiti (Sam) with Operaverse, and La Cenerentola (Dandini) with Boulder Opera. Music theater credits include Camelot (Lancelot), and Lyle the Crocodile (Mr. Grumps) at the Arvada Center. In 2014, he was a finalist in both the Denver Lyric Opera Guild competition and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
Benjamin received his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where his credits include the title roles of Gianni Schicchi and Le Nozze di Figaro, among others. During his degree he received a Graduate Recital of Distinction Award, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Award, and twice received Honorable Mention in the Solo Honors Competition.
Equally comfortable on the concert stage – his credits include Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Bach’s Cantata no. 131.
Benjamin is also a classically trained pianist and sought after music director. He has served as music director at the Aurora Fox (Hairspray, Godspell), Wolf Theatre Academy (Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, Annie Get Your Gun, Little Shop of Horrors), Midtown Arts Center (Annie Get Your Gun – Sub), as well as an audition pianist for theaters throughout Colorado.
Mr. Wood maintains a voice studio at the Hartley School of Music in Westminster, and served as a graduate voice instructor at the University of Denver where his students participated in quarterly studio recitals.