BENJAMIN P. WENZELBERG
Benjamin P. Wenzelberg is a Conductor, Countertenor, Composer, Pianist, US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and sophomore at Harvard University. He is thrilled to be a part of this amazing company and team as the Music Director of Massenet’s Cendrillon, after having performed the role of Prince Orlofsky last season in Harvard College Opera’s Die Fledermaus. Benjy is a co-Music Director of Harvard’s Mozart Society Orchestra, and is a proud member of Harvard’s University Choir. Last season, he served as the Chorus Master/Répétiteur of Lowell House Opera, New England’s oldest opera company, on their production of Le Comte Ory. He was the soloist in Chichester Psalms at Bernstein Centenary Celebration concerts, both at Sanders Theatre at Harvard and at David Geffen Hall in NYC. Benjy was honored to make his conducting debut with the Boston Pops this summer, conducting Bernstein’s Overture to Candide at Boston Symphony Hall. This summer he was selected to participate in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in Orchestral Conducting with Marin Alsop, and is also proud to have won the 2018 Ink Still Wet Composer/Conductor Competition at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria, conducting one of his compositions for full orchestra after another was performed last winter by the Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein's Golden Hall. His first composition written for period instruments will be premiering with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra this fall, as well as a piano/vocal version he will be singing and playing of the same piece. Benjy conducted and performed in a public performance of La Traviata, and is proud to have Music Directed, Directed, and conducted/accompanied from the piano professional performances in NYC and NJ of his ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award-winning opera for family audiences, The Sleeping Beauty. His vocal awards include from the National YoungArts Foundation and from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Juilliard Pre-College eight-year composition major, he has performed as a soloist and chorister with the Metropolitan Opera for eight seasons, and as a soloist with companies/venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The New World Center, NY City Opera, NY Philharmonic, and Atlanta Opera.