BIOGRAPHY

Benjamin von Reiche was born in New York und grew up in Germany, France and the United States. He received piano lessons at an early age and began singing in various choral formations under the batons of Georg Dieterich, Uwe Gronostay, and Jörg-Peter Weigle. He received his initial voice training from Mark Gruett at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

 

He went on to study singing and orchestral conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. His teachers have included Lorraine Manz (voice), Bridget Michaele-Reischl, and James Kalyn (conducting). Hugh Floyd instructed him on matters of choral conducting. Marylin Horne, Richard Miller, Howard Lubin and Wolfgang Millgramm contributed greatly to the development of his artistic profile as a singer, and to this day, he continues his vocal studies with Beatrice Niehoff at the UdK Berlin.

 

During the 2007 Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the tenor got to work with established musical personalities such as Christopher Hogwood and Bobby McFerrin. In 2012, he was a laureate of the International Richard-Wagner-Society.

 

Over the course of his conducting studies, he acquired a broad repertoire including works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák and Strawinsky. He finished his studies with a concert featuring Vivaldi's Credo and a selection of Schubert-songs for a mixed chorus. 

 

While at Oberlin and since, he has embodied more than 25 roles across the genres of opera, operetta, musical, and theater with various opera companies, amongst them the Kammeroper Frankfurt, the Bad Hersfeld opera festival, the Opernale Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Landesbühnen Sachsen in Radebeul, and the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz.

 

He also remains a committed concert-singer and avid recitalist. Concerts have taken him into many corners fo the world, including Germany, France, Poland, Samoa, the U.S. and Canada. Being particularly fond of French song, he performed the entire oeuvre for high voice by Henri Duparc in a recital with pianist Edit-Maria Fazakas in 2014.

 

As a conductor, he was recently seen directing players of the Neue Lausitzer Philharmonie and ensemble members from the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater in performances of the Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky at the 22nd International Street Theater Festival ViaThea in Görlitz, Germany. 

 

He is also an active pianist, appearing frequently as an accompanist, and in various musical formations, such as the Klezmer group Sheyne Khaloymes, as well as the ensemble petit SALONG, whom he also serves as an arranger.