In the three years he spent in the Resident Artist Program, tenor Brad Benoit sang many roles with the Minnesota Opera including Ruiz in Il trovatore, Arlecchino and Lampwick in The Adventures of Pinocchio, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Gabriele in Casanova’s Homecoming, Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux, Parpingol in La bohème, the Third Jew in Salome, Gastone in La traviata, and later as a guest artist, Le Remendado in Carmen and Pong in Turandot. He also covered the roles of Don Ramiro in Cinderella, Leicester in Mary Stuart and Edgar in Wuthering Heights. Last fall, Brad was a featured soldier in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night and covered Nicklaus Sprink, a role he sang at the last minute on opening night from the side of the stage to rave reviews.
Mr. Benoit has participated in several prestigious training programs at Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and the Staunton Music Festival. Mr. Benoit is a graduate of Chicago College of the Performing Arts and has sung several roles there: Cecco in Il mondo della luna, the Lyric Tenor in Postcard from Morocco, the Prologue in The Turn of the Screw and La Théièry in L’enfant et les sortilèges. He has also performed the roles of Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for Opera in the Ozarks, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Hadji in Lakmé at his undergraduate alma mater, Loyola University New Orleans.
On the concert platform, Mr. Benoit has been a guest soloist at the Schubert Club performing Debussy’s Ariettes d’oubliées and Fauré’s La bonne chanson, in Bach’s Cantata No. 140 for the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra and the Midsummer Night Benefit for the Young Musicians for Young Humanitarians in Calistoga, California. Mr. Benoit currently heads the vocal program at Shattuck St. Mary’s School.