Meet the Artists – Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor

Silvio, Pagliacci


  1. Where were you born and raised?
    I’m from Waldorf, Maryland, but I’m a military kid, so we lived everywhere!
  2. If you weren’t a singer, what profession would you be in?
    I think if I wasn’t a singer, I would have my own café or bar. I’m a coffee fanatic, and I love mixing and making new cocktail recipes.
  3. The first opera I was ever in was…
    The first opera I performed in was Mozart’s The Magic Flute as a member of the chorus, and my first operatic role was Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
  4. My favorite opera is…
    I don’t think I can pick just one opera as my favorite, but I love Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, and Pagliacci has two of my favorite arias!
  5. My favorite food to cook is…
    Up until a couple of years ago, I was a notoriously awful cook. Now that I have a couple of dishes under my belt, I’ve been delving into making my own pasta. I have a risotto recipe for every season!
  6. People would be surprised to know…
    I taught myself to walk on stilts for a production in three hours, and I’m a huge fan of skateboarding.
  7. If I could travel anywhere, real or fantasy, I would travel to…
    It’s my lifelong dream to visit Japan – I love how there’s so much to do on a single island!
  8. I like to binge-watch…
    I have rotation of watching The Office and Parks and Recreation every year.
  9. What four people (living or deceased) would you like to invite for a dinner party?
    This is tough, but if I could invite only four people to a dinner party, It would be Dave Chappelle, Johnny Cash, Giuseppe Verdi, and Haruki Murakami.
  10. Everyone should see Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci because….
    The music is gripping, the singers are fantastic, and the stories are visceral and deeply moving!

Find out more about Benjamin and our other Cav/Pag artists, and don’t miss the chance to see him perform Silvio in PagliacciPerformances are November 2 and 4 in Overture Hall.  Tickets start at $18!




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