Bass Benjamin Sieverding has been recognized by critics nationwide for his "surprising depth" (Boulder Daily Camera), as well as his "natural gift for comedy" and "full, rich sound" (Ann Arbor Observer). Last season he joined Minnesota Opera, appearing as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, the Sacristan in Tosca, and the Ranger and Man-in-dog-mask in The Shining. He was also seen this summer at Minnesota Orchestra as Montano in Verdi's Otello during its 2016 Sommerfest.
Most recently, Sieverding has also reprised the roles he created in Theodore Morrison's Oscar with Opera Philadelphia and made his role debut as Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, performing as a guest artist with the University of Alabama Opera Theatre.
An Apprentice Artist with The Santa Fe Opera for two seasons, Sieverding made his company debut in three roles for the world premiere of Oscar. As one of the infirmary patients in a scene with David Daniels, Sieverding “lent heart-choking realism” to the role (Bay Area Reporter), and Huffington Post called it “the single most moving scene in the opera.” He was the recipient of the company’s 2013 Ruth Freehoff Award. In his second season with The Santa Fe Opera, Sieverding covered the title role in Don Pasquale and the roles of Herr Puff in The Impresario and the Chamberlain in Le Rossignol.
Sieverding spent the 2014 season as a Young Artist with Opera Colorado, where he performed the roles of Ceprano in Rigoletto and Zuniga in Carmen. During his time as a graduate student, his operatic highlights with the University of Michigan Opera Theater included Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in CosÌ fan tutte, Father Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Pistola in Falstaff, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro.
As an active soloist and recitalist, Sieverding performs both regionally and internationally. In 2009, he performed in Paris at the Grand Concours de Chant Laureate recital and Daniel Pearl World Music Day at the United States embassy. During summer 2012, he was featured as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, singing nine performances of the piece over a two-month span in Germany, France, and finally at University of Michigan’s world-renowned Hill Auditorium. Sieverding has also performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solemnes, Bach’s Johannes Passion, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah.
Sieverding is a three-time district winner and regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other distinctions include placement in the finals of the Brava! Opera Theater and James M. Collier, Schubert Club, and Coeur d’Alene Symphony young artist competitions, and winning the Birmingham Musicale and FAVA Grand Concours de Chant. Sieverding completed his post-graduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Michigan, where he also received his Master of Music degree. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from South Dakota State University.
For his second season as a Minnesota Opera Resident Artist, Sieverding sings Frère Laurent in Romeo and Juliet, Max Kane in Dinner at Eight, and Colline in La bohème.