The celebrated young British tenor Benjamin Hulett has been a soloist at the Hamburg State Opera since 2005 and has achieved great success in lyric roles from Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte) to Steuermann (Die Fliegende Holländer) and Novice (Billy Budd). He made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich in Händel’s Alcina.
As a concert performer he has already worked with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Andrew Davis, Phillippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, Markus Stenz, Ivor Bolton, Jeffrey Tate, Simone Young and Fabio Biondi amongst others at many of the world’s leading venues and festivals. Ben studied Music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and Opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
The frequency of A, the pure note to which we tune our instruments, signifying quality as well as a solid foundation for our shared experience of classical music. That is what the musicians of 440Hz, made up of members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic string section, represent. Performing music in a smaller formation leads to better ensemble play. In the absence of a conductor, our individual voices become essential, with each musician contributing to our shared responsibility for the artistic process and its outcome. Our repertoire spans the baroque period up to present-day compositions - invariably high-quality works, sometimes unjustly forgotten or little known among listeners. 440Hz is an orchestra that is close to the audience, both literally and figuratively. Traditional (concert) conventions are shed, naturally bringing the repertoire within the scope of a broader audience.