Benjamin Butterfield has been praised by the New York Times as “clarion-voiced and vibrant,” and is known for his performances throughout North America and Europe as well as in the Middle East and Asia. He is featured in a dynamic range of repertoire showcasing his versatility with both contemporary and classic works. In North America, he performs with major orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Utah Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem), and the Kansas City Symphony and Newfoundland Symphony (Handel’s Messiah). Overseas, Mr. Butterfield performed Yevhen Stankovych’s Kaddysh Requiem with the Hamburg Philharmonic at the Kiev Opera House memorializing the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar. Other performances include recitals at Vancouver Muzewest and the Elora Festival, and Haydn’s Creation with Capriccio Vocal Ensemble. Recent performances include Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke’s (Haydn’s Creation), Haydn masses with the San Diego Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and Britten’s Serenade and War Requiem with L’Orchestre Lyrique de Montreal and the Victoria Symphony.
Most recently as an interpreter of opera, Mr. Butterfield portrayed the role of Mime in Das Rheingold with Pacific Opera and was stage director for Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. Other operatic roles include Grimoaldo in Handel’s Rodelinda with Pacific Opera Victoria and Frère Massée in Messiaen’s St. François d’Assise with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. A prolific recording artist, he has recorded for many labels, including Analekta. Associate Professor, head of voice, and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, Mr. Butterfield was the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression.