The Australian baritone Ben Connor graduated with a Masters of Music in Voice from the Australian National University, where he was the recipient of the Harmony Endowment scholarship. From 2010, when he moved to Vienna, he furthered his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (University for Music and Performing Arts) in Vienna, under the tutelage of Sebastian Vittucci and Uwe Theimer, until he became a member of the inaugural “Junges Ensemble” at Theater an der Wien. Since leaving the University Ben has continued to cultivate his vocal ability under the guidance of Carol Blaickner-Mayo. He was the winner of the 2010 Aria Competition in both the Australian National Eisteddfod and the Orange Eisteddfod, as well as being the 2011 recipient of the Richard Wagner Stipendium Bayreuth prize from “Klassik Mania”(Vienna). In 2013 he was Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month: August”.
In 2012 Ben became a member of Theater an der Wien’s Young Ensemble. As part of the ensemble he has performed the roles of “Marcello” (Puccini: La Bohème), “Dandini” (Rossini: La Cenerentola), “Slook” (Rossini: La cambiale di matrimonio) and “Amazonian” (Kagel: Mare Nostrum) in the Vienna Kammeroper, as well as “Baron Douphol” (Verdi: La Traviata), “Guccio” (Puccini: Gianni Schicchi), “Truchseß von Waldburg” (Hindemith: Mathis der Maler) and Coryphée (Rossini: Le Comte Ory) at Theater an der Wien. Since leaving the Young Ensemble he has come back to the Kammeroper in 2015 to guest as “Le Marì” in there production of Les mamelles de Tirésias by Poulanc.
As of the 2014/2015 season he joined the Ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper and can be seen of the rolls of “Marcel” (Puccini: La Bohème), the “Baritone soloist” in Orff’s Carmina Burana, “Freddy” (Loewe: My Fair Lady), “Stefano” (Donizetti: Viva la Mamma) and “Baron Duphol” (Verdi: La Traviata). In January he will add the role of Caliph (Forrest/Wright: Kismet) to his repertoire on the Volksoper Stage.
Ben’s festival engagements include “Marcello” at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam in 2013 and in August 2014 he played the roll of “Freddy” in My Fair Lady at the OperettenSommer Kufstein. In Australia he has performed as a recitalist for Art Song Canberra and as a soloist in the Canberra International Music Festival and many Choral societies. He has also performed concerts in Austria, Estonia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.