Tenor Benjamin Werley returns to Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist program for a second season. During the 2016-17 season, Werley he sang the Judge and Amelia’s servant in Un ballo in maschera and study-covering Don José in Carmen and Lensky in Eugene Onegin. He has been part of the Young Artist programs at The Santa Fe Opera (Courier in Fanciulla del Westand Diener 3 in Capriccio), Merola Opera Program (Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Steve Hubbell in A Streetcar Named Desire), Opera Colorado (Messenger in Aida and A Farmer in the world premiere of Lori Laitman’s The Scarlet Letter), Virginia Opera (Second Jew in Salome and Giuseppe in La Traviata), and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, he appeared as Rodolfo (La Bohème), Camille de Rosillon (The Merry Widow), and Fenton (Falstaff) during his studies. Werley also was one of twenty singers in the semifinals of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
This season at FGO, Werley will sing the roles of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Narraboth/2nd Jew in Salome.