Vocalist - Baritone
About

Following baritone Ben Edquist’s performance in Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain with Atlanta Opera, Opera News wrote that he “…sang the role of the poet [Manfred] Lewin with stunning beauty, especially within the poignant and tango-esque ‘A Hundred Thousand Stars.’” An avid performer of contemporary opera, he has created several roles, including Sir Walter Raleigh in Gregory Spears’ O Columbia and Edward Kynsaton in Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players, both with Houston Grand Opera; the title role of Tom Cipullo’s Mayo with SUNY Potsdam; and Remo in David Sawer’s The Skating Rink with Garsington Opera. He can also be heard as William on the premiere recording of Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher with Wolf Trap Opera (Orange Mountain Music Label).

Posted: Nov-7-2019
Latest News

Baritone Ben Edquist sings the role of William on the premiere recording of Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher, newly released on the Orange Mountain Music label. Mr. Edquist previously sang William in Wolf Trap Opera's 2017 production of the opera.

Posted: Nov-6-2019
Latest Acclaim

"The barber is played by Ben Edquist with distinctive flair. Edquist makes the jack-of-all-trades character quite believable and the confident con-artist comes to life with humor and charm. Edquist creates an irresistible Figaro with his elastic voice."

— OK Art Scene and Hurd
Posted: Sep-23-2019
Latest Recording

"Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher has fascinated poets and composers for over a century. This premiere recording of Philip Glass's 1988 opera based on the infamous work from Wolf Trap Opera and Inscape Chamber Orchestra under conductor Joseph Li, features a stellar cast including Jonas Hacker as Roderick Usher, Ben Edquist as William, Matthew Adam Fleisher as the Servant, Nicholas Nestorak as the Physician, and Madison Leonard as Madeline Usher."

Posted: Oct-18-2019