Benjamin Cahn was born in Washington DC and studied Vocal Performance and Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Ohio. After finishing university he moved to Nottingham, England to study singing with Michelle Wegwart, Professor of Voice, Opéra national de Paris. Benjamin holds a Masters Degree in Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received full scholarship. In the same year he was also a participant on the Opera Works Young Singers Programme at English National Opera.
Recent engagements include roles for Glyndebourne Festival and Tour including Marchese d’Obigny LA TRAVIATA, Second Mate in BILLY BUDD (also at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York), Notary DER ROSENKAVALIER and Customs Officer LA BOHEME and also for the Jerwood Young Artist programme; Ross in the world premiere of Luke Styles’ MACBETH and Carvalho in Julian Phillips’ THE YELLOW SOFA including performances at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre. Further performances include Sarastro and Speaker DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Iford Arts Festival, Leporello DON GIOVANNI for Opera Project, Zuniga CARMEN for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall, a triple bill of puppet opera with Third Hand for which the company received ‘Best Opera’ at the 2013 Off West End Awards, Raymond Scott in a presentation of Ergo Phizmiz’s BILLARDS for Mahogany Opera Group and for British Youth Opera the roles of Colline LA BOHEME and Filiberto IL SIGNOR BRUSCHINO. He has also performed other roles including Angelotti TOSCA, Speaker DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Seneca L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Dr. Miracle LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, Don Alfonso COSI FAN TUTTE, Doctor Grenville, Frank DIE FLEDERMAUS and Leporello DON GIOVANNI. He has also covered Zuniga and Ortel DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG for Glyndebourne and Masetto for both Glyndebourne and English National Opera and Priest and Mill Worker LADY MACBETH OF MTSENK for ENO.
On the concert platform Benjamin has sung the Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Orchestra of the Swan. He made his Barbican debut singing Beethoven Symphony 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has also appeared at St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Drapers Hall with Bryn Terfel and Nottingham Playhouse. He has also sung the Faure Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mozart Mass in C Minor and the Haydn Coronation Mass and also worked with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Vladamir Jurowski, Robin Ticciati, Jakob Hrůša and David Afkham.
Engagements in 2017 include singing Pirate King THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and cover Ormonte PARTENOPE for English National Opera