Hometown: Whitney Point, New York
Benjamin Pfeil, bass-baritone, hails from Whitney Point, New York, and received his BM: Vocal Performance at the State University of New York in Fredonia in 2010. Since, he has appeared in regional and international halls as both a soloist and ensemble member. Operatic credits include Zuniga in Carmen, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Colline in La Bohème, and the Royal Commissioner in Madame Butterfly. He has appeared as a soloist with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Tri Cities Opera, and with Lyric Arts International which presented opera scenes in Shimoda, Japan, and across Italy –in Rome as well as in Fermo, Porto San Giorgio, and Marotta. Benjamin recently made his Lincoln Center debut as a member of an all men's ensemble in a performance of Shostakovich's babi yar at Avery Fischer Hall.
A champion of contemporary music, Benjamin has premiered several new compositions, including a collaboration with American composer Jay Mobley in a premiere performance of Cummings Songs, a new song cycle based on texts by E.E. Cummings. He relocated from New York City to Boston in 2013 and quickly became a part of Boston's opera circuit; most recently he performed the role of Father Lestant in Bayou Legend with Boston's Mssng Lnks. Not a stranger to musical theatre, his favorite roles include Curly in Oklahoma, Schlomo in Fame, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Man 2 in Songs for a New World.
As an educator, Benjamin has facilitated program growth and development as Activities Director for Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. He also taught briefly as a Vocal Instructor and Resident Artist with Mssng Lnks in Boston.
Outside of music, Benjamin holds a Leadership position at JetBlue Airways, after joining the company in 2013 as Inflight Crewmember.