American Bass-Baritone Ben Brady was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. Mr. Brady was a participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Young Artist Program in the summers of 2020 and 2021. In 2022 Mr. Brady completed his first year as Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Artist where he covered Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, and in 2023 Ben returned to Santa Fe Opera as a second-year Apprentice where he sang Sciarone in Tosca, the physician in Pelléas et Mélisande and one performance of Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande.
Other operatic roles include Fafner (Das Rheingold) with Dayton Opera, The King in Alma Deutcher’s Cinderella with Opera San Jose, Colline (La Boheme) with Opera Modesto, Banco (Macbetto), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Rocco (Fidelio) with West Bay Opera, the Sprecher (The Magic Flute) with Eugene Opera, Dr. Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) with Cal Baptist University and the Page in San Francisco Opera’s Roberto Devereux.
In 2018 he was awarded Audience Favorite and First Place in the Tier II category of the James Toland Vocal Arts competition, and in 2021 he was awarded the Oakland Symphony Award in the Tier I category. In 2020 Mr. Brady was selected for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Semifinals in New York, and in 2022 he was awarded 2nd Place and Audience Favorite in the Northwest Regionals. In 2021 he took first place in the CS Music Online Competition in the Emerging Professional division. In May of 2022, he sang as a finalist in the Irene Dalis Vocal Competition with Opera San Jose.