Ben Gulley, operatic tenor and cultural entrepreneur, has won awards and competitions throughout the nation for his singular blend of talents (Metropolitan Opera’s National Council District & Regional Competition, Richard Tucker Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation) and been featured with symphonies, theaters and opera companies around the globe.
This 2018-2019 season will see Gulley’s return to Opera San Luis Obispo as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Sarasota Opera as Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco, his debut as Doctor Marianus in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with South Dakota Symphony. This season will also see Gulley’s debut at Oper Leipzig as the Duke in Rigoletto as well as recitals for Sarasota Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Steve Hackman’s Stereo Hideout and headlining his next American National Recital Tour presented by Live On Stage.
Recent performances include his Carnegie Hall debut with The American Symphony, Rodolfo in La bohème at Opera Orlando, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Opera Idaho, Énée in Les Troyens with Maestro Kent Nagano at Staatsoper Hamburg and Pedro in Tiefland at Sarasota Opera. Gulley has appeared in concerts with David Foster, Opera Steamboat, Grand Rapids Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic and Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, amongst others.
In addition to his career in classical forms, Gulley is equally at home in musical theater and as a singer/songwriter. He has released his debut solo album of original pop music, IN BETWEEN and helped compose/develop two new musicals with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater and the Kansas City Repertory Theater. He is a founding board member of Kansas City’s premier opera company, Opera 180, and a sitting member on the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Alumni Board. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bengulleythinks.