Benjamin Taylor, baritone

Maryland native and Morgan State alum Benjamin Taylor joins BCO as Sharpless. As a resident artist of Pittsburgh Opera in the 2017-2019 seasons, Benjamin performed the roles of Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Schaunard (La bohème), and Brian (The Long Walk). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised Benjamin for his vocal palette "amply covering the array of mental baggage" that Brian requires in the Long Walk. Benjamin has also appeared with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Santa Fe Opera, and Berkshire Opera.

Mr. Taylor received his Master’s of Music from Boston University, where he also earned his Performer’s Certificate with Boston University’s Opera Institute. While at BU, He performed the roles of Demetrius/Midsummer Night’s Dream, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Escamillo/La Tragédie de Carmen, Prior Walter/Angels in America, Alvaro/Florencia en el Amazonas, Coyle/Owen Wingrave, and Des Grieux/Le Portrait de Manon.

Mr. Taylor has been a Gerdine Young Artist (2015,2016) and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist (2017) at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where he performed as Fiorello/The Barber of Seville, Cowardly Giant/Shalimar the Clown, and Yamadori/Madam Butterfly, and covered Figaro/Barber of Seville, Marcello/La Boheme, Musik Teacher/Ariadne auf Naxos, Sharpless/Madame Butterfly, and Lawyer Huld and various roles/The Trial. In 2016, Mr. Taylor also performed as Marcello with Crested Butte Festival, and Yamadori in Berkshire Opera’s inaugural season.

Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor’s of the Arts at Morgan State University where he sang Tom/Blue Monday with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as various roles around the Maryland area.