American baritone Ben Edquist is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he originated the roles of Edward Kynaston in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, the baritone Angel in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and Sir Walter Raleigh in Gregory Spears’ O Columbia. Other highlights with Houston Grand Opera include: Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, the leading role of the Pilot in The Little Prince, Wagner in Faust, Jigger Craigin in Carousel, the Captain in Eugene Onegin, Sciarrone in Tosca, a last minute step-in performance of the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and, most recently, Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and the leading role of Older Thompson in Glory Denied.
This season Mr. Edquist looks forward to playing Manfred in Jake Heggie's Out of Darkness: Two Remain with Atlanta Opera, and portraying the role of Remo in the world premiere of The Skating Rink by David Sawer with Garsington Opera. In the following season, he will perform Bernardo in West Side Story with the Grand Teton Music Festival, the title role in the world premiere of Tom Cipullo's newest opera, Mayo, about Mayo Buckner, and William Dale in Austin Opera's production of Silent Night.
Mr. Edquist has spent his summers performing with the Glimmerglass Festival and Wolf Trap Opera. After a season with the Wolf Trap Opera Studio in which he sang the role of Antonio in Il viaggio a Reims, he returned as a Filene Young Artist to perform the roles of William in The Fall of the House of Usher and the Father in The Juniper Tree. Mr. Edquist made his Glimmerglass Festival debut in 2014 as Jigger Craigin in Carousel, and returned to the festival the following season to perform Papageno in a new production of The Magic Flute. Other roles include Sid in Albert Herring, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Charlie in Jake Heggie's Three Decembers, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, he received his Master of Music from Rice University in 2015 and his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University in 2013.
Mr. Edquist has been named a top prize winner in the William Matheus Sullivan Competition, first place winner of the Lotte Lenya Competition, and a finalist in both the Meistersinger Competition in Graz and the HGO Eleanor McCollum Competition & Concert of Arias.