British conductor and pianist Benedict Kearns is the Chorus Master for Opéra National de Lyon and enjoys working throughout Europe and further abroad. In 2021/22 Benedict is making his debut at La Monnaie with Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne with Luisa Miller & Don Pasquale and Opera de Lyon with Rigoletto & Irrelohe. He was on the music staff at Theater Bonn as a conductor and pianist between 2019-2021. In this role he worked as assistant conductor and repetiteur on many productions and concerts including Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Britten’s Death in Venice. Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and La traviata and Händel’s Agrippina.
"The orchestra is another eye-opener as beautifully conducted by Benedict Kearns." London Theatre Reviews
Benedict has worked as assistant conductor with the orchestras of English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. 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. Beyond Europe, Benedict’s work has included two tours of Australia and the United States of America, 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 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. He spends much of his time as a freelance vocal coach, working with singers performing at the world's leading opera houses.
"Conductor Benedict Kearns had his finger securely on the Donizetti pulse" Opera Today
Benedict was Head Chorister at Westminster Abbey as a treble. He read music as an undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge where he was also a baritone choral scholar under Stephen Cleobury. He was invited to be the Junior Fellow Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016 working on Händel’s Theodora, Offenbach’s La vie parisienne and was the musical director for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Benedict has conducted a wide variety of music, with 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 and Albert Herring (Cambridge University Opera Society). Benedict was a Young Artist 2018/19 at the National Opera Studio in London.
"The orchestra, conducted by Benedict Kearns, produced a miraculously fine version of the score." International Theatre Reviews - Plays To See