Praised by The New York Times as “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s finest tenors having performed in operas, concerts, and recitals throughout North America and Europe as well as in Ukraine, the Middle East, Asia, and New Zealand. He has performed in many of the world’s most recognized and historic venues with the world’s finest ensembles and conductors.
Highlights of Mr. Butterfield‘s career have included performances in Carnegie Hall and at the BBC Proms in London, Messiah at the Handel Festspiel-Halle for ZDF, St. François d’Assise by Messiaen with the Montreal Symphony under Kent Nagano as well as sharing the stage with film actress Isabella Rossellini in Stravinsky’s Persephone at the San Carlo in Naples and in the open air amphitheatre at Epidaurus, Greece.
Recent engagements include Mozart’s Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop, Yevhne Stankovich’s Kiddish Requiem at the Kyiv Opera with the Hamburg Symphony under Oksana Lyniv, Elijah with the Calgary Philharmonic under Rune Bergman and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Vancouver Symphony and their new musical director, Otto Tausk. A prolific recording artist, Mr. Butterfield recently released two new CD’s: Galicians II for the Ukrainian Art Song Project in Toronto as well as Handel’s Ode on St. Cecilia’s day and Bach’s Cantata 21 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for Analekta.
Professor Butterfield is Head of Voice and Music Graduate Advisor for the School of Music at the University of Victoria and has been on faculty with Opera NUOVA in Edmonton, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy and Yellow Barn in Vermont. He is a recipient of UVic.’s Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression, Opera Canada magazine’s Rubie Award as well as having been recently named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.