Baritone Benjamin Dickerson makes his Florida Grand Opera debut this season. Winner of the 2015 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, Dickerson made his Carnegie Presents recital debut in Weill Hall alongside pianist Warren Jones in January 2017. Last season, Dickerson joined the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as a Schwab Vocal Rising Star in New York Festival of Song’s Emerging Artist Series and returned to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program in the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath. His 2016 national recital tour culminated in a performance at New York’s Greene Space, broadcast live on WQXR, and joined by Isabel Leonard and Marilyn Horne. Dickerson recently appeared with Opera Theatre of St. Louis as the Wigmaker in Ariadne of Naxos.
Benjamin received his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in 2017, where he won 1st prize in the Ades Vocal Competition and performed leading roles in Don Giovanni, The Dangerous Liaisons, and Le roi l’a Dit.
As a member of FGO’s Young Artist Program, Dickerson will cover the roles of Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Alvaro (Florencia en el Amazonas) and sing the role of 1st Soldier in Salome.