British conductor and pianist Benedict Kearns is a Solorepetitor at Theater Bonn for the 19/20 season, having just finished as a Young Artist 18/19 at the National Opera Studio in London. Benedict read music as an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge where he was also a baritone choral scholar. He became the Junior Fellow Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music working on Handel’s Theodora, Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne and being the musical director for an abridged performance of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Benedict has conducted a wide variety of music, highlights including Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment (Opera Della Luna), Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival), and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Albert Herring (Cambridge University Opera Society).
As a keyboard player Benedict has performed with the orchestras of English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Royal Northern Sinfonia & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2018 he was the fortepianist for Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, opening Nevill Holt’s new opera house. Benedict has appeared in masterclasses with artists including Kristine Opolais, Iestyn Davies, Andreas Scholl and Roderick Williams. He has worked internationally including two tours of Australia and the States, and the Far East; he also spent a month in Singapore working as the rehearsal musical director for the children of the West End tour of The Sound of Music. He spends much of his time as a vocal coach, recently working with singers performing at the Royal Opera House, Opera North, Hamburg Staatsoper and Glyndebourne.
This summer included conducting staged performances of Cyril Rootham’s dramatic cantata, Andromeda, working in Shanghai as a pianist and coach on YK Pao Choral Course and three weeks with British Youth Opera on Daniel Blake’s Scoring a Century.
For Theater Bonn, Benedict will be working on new productions of Bernstein's West Side Story & Britten's Death In Venice as well as revivals of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini's Madama Butterfly. As part of the celebrations of Beethoven's 250th Anniversary, Benedict will be the repetiteur for a staged production of Beethoven's oratorio, Christus am Ölberge double-billed with Manfred Trojahn's new opera, Der Brief.