Lecturer in Voice
M.M. in Voice, Indiana University
B.M. in Voice/Music Theory, Baldwin Wallace University
Baritone Benjamin Czarnota originated the role of Mr. Webb in the world premier of Ned Rorem's operatic setting of Our Town. Other notable roles include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro as well as roles in The Merry Widow, Susanna, Savitri, and Un Ballo in Maschera with companies such as Wichita Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera per tutti, Opera Circle Cleveland, The Janiec Opera Company, and the Indiana University Opera Theater. He was chosen by baritone Håkan Hagegård to perform the role of Anton Chekov in Dominick Argento's A Few Words about Chekov in music written for the singer. He has also appeared as baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel's Messiah.
Music theater roles include the title role in Sweeney Todd, Marcus Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Freddy in My Fair Lady, the Father in Children of Eden, Jesus Christ in Godspell, and Teen Angel in Grease.
Mr. Czarnota is a Level III Certified Teacher of Somatic VoiceWork™ - The LoVetri Method and particularly interested in working with singing actors to cultivate an understanding of and relationship to their instrument that will enable them to perform successfully in a variety of musical styles.
Recent performances include:
- Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore at the Teatro Signorelli in Cortona, Italy
- Schaunard in La Bohème with Opera per tutti