ENO Paul Bunyan Benson Wilson

Benson Wilson


Benson Wilson is a New Zealand born, and of Samoan heritage, award-winning baritone.

Previously for ENO: John Shears Paul Bunyan; Schaunard in Drive & Live (La Boheme)

Career Highlights

In 2018, he won the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award and was also awarded the people’s choice award. Before heading to the UK, he also won New Zealand’s premiere singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest, which has also been won by New Zealand’s very own Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

From september 2019 he will be a young artist at the National Opera Studio and will be on the programme until June 2020.

Notable engagements elsewhere: He has performed an array of roles such as the Count Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Schaunard La bohème and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Future engagements: Covering the role of John Sorel in Menotti’s The Consul this June with WNO and will also join the Salzburg Young Singer’s Project at this year’s Salzburg Festival for the months of July and August.

Last updated: 21st October 2020