Ben Thapa

Genre: Tenor

Artist Reviews

"…...In the season of Remembrance, it was appropriate to include ‘The Spirit of England’, Elgar’s setting of Laurence Binyon’s poems ‘The Fourth of August’, ‘To Women’ and ‘For the Fallen’. This work reflects Elgar’s turbulent feelings about World War One and its glories and its horrors and losses. The wonderful blend of the Choir’s confident command of this work along with Ben Thapa’s gorgeous tenor voice, his strong presence and superb ability to communicate, gave the audience a wonderful insight into this work in all its many moods and emotions."

Gail Bowen - Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir 5 November 2018

"Ben Thapa brought a thrilling, almost operatic expressiveness to the tenor solos"

Rachmaninov Vespers, Huddersfield Choral Society 2017 - Robert Hugill,

"First out of the blocks was tenor Ben Thapa, whose ‘Nigra Sum’ was particularly impressive, and showed an authentic grasp of the style"

Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, Plymouth Philharmonic Choir -, Philip Buttall, Seen and

"Ben Thapa handled the role of Gerontius with impeccable control and conviction"

Dream of Gerontius, Burford Choral Society 2012 - Nicola Lisle, Oxford Times

"This was a superb performance with the tenor, Ben Thapa, singing the role of the saint with great power throughout. He immediately engaged with the audience with the opening phrase, “Across the tremendous bridge” ."

Ancient Stories and Modern Voices, Monmouth Choral Society 2018 - Margaret Iggulden

".... She was well matched with the Pelleas of Ben Thapa, who sang in a strong, dark tenor and exemplified the production's physicality, at times careering around the stage."

Pelleas et Melisande - Opera on the Move - May 2019 - Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine July 19


Ben Thapa started his career as one quarter of the classical opera group G4, runners-up on ITV’s The X Factor in 2004. Ben left the group in 2018, and has forged a varied and substantial career on the stage across a range of repertory.
Operatic credits include Tito (La Clemenza di Tito, Teatru Manoel), Kudrjash (Katya Kabanova, Scottish Opera on Tour), The President (Mittwoch aus Licht, Birmingham Opera/BBC Proms), Arbace (Idomeneo, Buxton Festival), Melot (Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera) and Siegfried (The Quest for the Ring, Royal Festival Hall in association with Opera North).

Ben was a featured artist with the Really Big Chorus in 2010-11, and at the Royal Albert Hall, was their soloist for Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation and Mozart Requiem. Further concert highlights include a Monteverdi Vespers tour with the Monteverdi Choir, Matthew Passion (arias) for Ex Cathedra, Handel Messiah with the CBSO, Beethoven 9 at St John’s Smith Square, performances with the Manchester Camerata including Messiah, Britten St. Nicholas, and Beethoven Missa Solemnis, and three invites to give recitals at Leeds Town Hall. Other repertory performed varies from the Bach Passions, the title roles in Handel’s Jephtha and Samson, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Verdi Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, and Tippett A Child of Our Time.

In 2020, Ben made his main stage debut at English National Opera as part of their Carmen education project, and created the role in Errollyn Wallen’s new opera of Dr Anton (The Paradis Files) for Graeae Theatre Company, which toured with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2022.

2023 engagements have so far included Evangelist (Bach St. Matthew Passion) and Monteverdi Vespers for the Armonico Consort, the title role in La Clemenza di Tito for Chelsea Opera Group, Verdi Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Mozart Players, and at Grange Park.

Future plans include Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) for the Armonico Consort, Handel Judas Maccabeus at Durham Cathedral, Handel Messiah at Ampleforth Abbey, and Siegmund Die Walküre for the London Opera Company at St. John’s Smith Square.

Ben is also a burgeoning conductor, with several regular engagements in London and the surrounding area. He has conducted the Bach Choir, the Nederlands Kammerkoor and Ex Cathedra.

Photo credit: Robert Workman

For Oratorio and Concert Repertoire please scroll down:

Composer Work
Bach J.S. J.S. Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist/arias)
St John Passion (Evangelist/arias)
St Matthew Passion (Evangelist/arias)
Various cantatas
Beethoven Mass in C
9th Symphony
Britten Serenade for Tenor, horn and strings
St Nicholas
War Requiem
Bruckner Mass in E flat
Carissimi  Jepthe
Coleridge-Taylor Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast
Elgar A Great and Glorious Victory
The Dream of Gerontius
The Kingdom
Spirit of England
Finzi Ode to Saint Cecilia
Handel  Jephtha
Saul (Jonathan)
Haydn Creation
Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
Monteverdi Vespers 1610
Mozart Mass in C
Masses etc
Puccini Messe di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Schutz Christmas Story
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex
Tchaikovsky The Bells
Verdi Requiem
Artist: Ben Thapa
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Tenor