Head of Vocal Studies
Lyric tenor Alan Bennett has enjoyed a diverse career, performing extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in Central and South America and Asia, singing with prominent festivals and orchestras, as well as in recitals and opera.
His students and former students are likewise singing and recording professionally throughout the world and have earned placement in numerous international competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Many other former students hold teaching positions in universities and colleges. He is in frequent demand as a guest teacher and has offered masterclasses at Toho Conservatory in Tokyo, Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha University, the National University of Costa Rica, and many others.
Bennett has presented performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall (the main stage, Weill Recital Hall and the Zankel Hall), Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Schauspielhaus, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Kumho Arts Hall and many others. He has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and others. He has also sung with many period instrument ensembles such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy and Apollo's Fire. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed with the Vermeer and Penderecki quartets and his recital partners have included the late Leonard Hokanson and lutenists Nigel North and Paul O'Dette. In addition to numerous performances in the U.S. and Canada, his recital engagements have taken him to Brazil, Germany, and Korea.
He is a frequent guest at music festivals and has appeared at the Tanglewood Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Bethlehem Bach Festival, Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival, Boulder Bach Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Parry Sound Festival, Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Festival, Plymouth Music Series, the Caramoor Festival, the Grand Tetons Music Festival, the Augsburg Mozart Festival and many others. Choral societies who have featured him as a soloist include the Oratorio Society of New York, Washington Choral Arts Society, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, San Francisco Bach Choir, Houston Masterworks Chorus, Dartmouth Handel Society, Seattle Chamber Singers and many others. He has collaborated with some of the world's most prominent conductors including Bruno Weil, Sir David Willcocks, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie and the late Robert Shaw. His recording credits encompass works of the medieval through contemporary periods, including premiers by Steve Reich and Arvo Prt and he has recorded for Harmonia Mundi USA, Nonesuch, Telarc and Focus Records. Highlights of recent seasons included performances of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall and in the Disney Concert Hall in LA, Bach's Passions in the Washington National Cathedral, as well as return engagements at the Carmel and Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festivals. Mr Bennett was Professor of Voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music before joining the faculty of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.
"the tenor soloist of one's dream." - Toronto Star
"Standing out is the tenor Alan Bennett, whose singing is amazingly creamy, smooth as silk." - National Review
"The free-voiced Alan Bennett was outstanding..." - Boston Globe