"Ben Edquist, in the role of Older Thompson, was exceptional in embodying the different aspects of his character with a rich, robust baritone and impressive acting. The range of expression he achieved was astounding—a voice of glinted steel as the tormentor in Act I, an increasingly desperate voice full of confusion, bitterness, and anguish, rambling out a list of things he no longer understands about his country in the “Welcome Home” solo—moving from a self-assured, controlled voice in his address to the congregation, to his aching solo as a drunken, broken man."
Texas Classical Review - November, 2017 - Older Thompson in Glory Denied
"Ben Edquist does a superb job of carrying out this tragic tale as the father."
DC Metro Theater Arts - August, 2017 - Father in The Juniper Tree
Named one of "10 Young Opera Singers to Watch"
Opera Now - May 2016
"Ben Edquist made much of the relatively small role of Jigger Craigin, the crass and conniving criminal who tempts Billy into the get-rich-quick robbery scheme that results in his death. After his triumph as Edward Kynaston in this season's stellar "Prince of Players," this is no surprise. Alternately funny and menacing, Edquist, like Lewis, brought electricity to an often wooden production."
Houston Chronicle - April, 2016 - Jigger Craigin in Carousel (Rodgers)
"Edquist is a lyric baritone with the vocal expressiveness to convincingly convey passion, anger and despair. Edquist’s characterization of Kynaston provides him with a wide range of opportunities to display his manifest acting abilities. That he has proved successful in this role will be recognized by the world opera community, and suggests he is at the threshold of a major career."
Opera Warhorses - March, 2016 - Edward Kynaston in Prince of Players (Floyd)
"Edquist’s warm, soothing voice and youthful, fresh-faced appearance, were effective in realizing Kynaston's ambiguous sexuality and his gender-shifting performances, either as passive female (when playing Desdemona in an onstage Othello) or aggressive and murderous male (as Othello)."
Opera News - March, 2016 - Edward Kynaston in Prince of Players (Floyd)
"Baritone Ben Edquist, singing Kynaston, is a handsome stage presence, with ringing, robust sound."
Houston Press - March, 2016 - Edward Kynaston in Prince of Players (Floyd)
"Ben Edquist was a delightful Papageno."
The New York Times - August, 2015 - Papageno in The Magic Flute (Mozart)
"Baritone Ben Edquist brought a sonorous voice and clever physical comedy to Papageno."
In the Spotlight - August, 2015 - Papageno in The Magic Flute (Mozart)
"Texas baritone Ben Edquist played the part of Jigger Craigin with appreciable swagger, creating a vivid (and well sung) impression of the incompetent rogue."
Opera Warhorses - July, 2014 - Jigger Craigin in Carousel (Rodgers)