Ben Werley


from Pagliacci, by Leoncavallo
from Lucia di Lammermoor, by Doniz...
from Pagliacci, by Leoncavallo

Ben Werley

Praised as having a “gleaming, flexible tenor” (Opera News)—Ben has performed at many of the country’s leading opera companies, including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Central City Opera, Dayton Opera, St. Pete Opera, and the Merola Opera Program. He was one of twenty singers nationwide selected to sing in the semi-finals of the 2012-2013 MONC Auditions.

Dayton Opera
Narraboth, Salome, 2019
Central City Opera
Red Whiskers, 2019
Virginia Opera
Lippo Fiorentino, 2018
Florida Grand Opera
Young Artist, 2016-18
Opera Colorado
Young Artist, 2015-16
The Santa Fe Opera
Young Artist, 2015-16
Virginia Opera
Emerging Artist, 2014-15
Merola Opera Program
Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Steve Hubbell (A Streetcar Named Desire), 2014
Indiana University
MM Voice Performance, 2013
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Ben Werley
is represented by
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Virginia Opera, 2020

Steans Music Insti...

Ravinia Festival, 2021

Il Duca

St. Pete Opera, 2020

Don Giovanni
Don Ottavio

Indianapolis Opera, 2020

New Year's Eve Gala
Tenor Soloist

Dayton Philharmonic, 2020

La Traviata

Cleveland Opera Theater, 2019


Pittsburgh native Benjamin Werley— praised as having a “gleaming, flexible tenor” (Opera News)—was first bitten by the opera bug while attending a performance of Puccini’s Tosca. He has been pursuing an operatic career ever since.

A graduate of the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University, Werley was one of twenty singers nationwide selected to sing in the semi-finals of the 2012-2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. He has since participated in many prestigious young artist programs, including the Merola Opera Program, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance. He has also been a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Western Piedmont Symphony, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Last season, Werley returned to Virginia Opera as Lippo Fiorentino in their first ever production of Kurt Weil’s Street Scene, made his Cleveland Opera Theater and role debut as Alfredo in La traviata, and made his debut at Central City Opera as Red Whiskers in their production of Britten’s Billy Budd.

Last season, Werley made his role and company debuts as Canio for Salt Marsh Opera’s Pagliacci, returned to Dayton Opera for their New Year’s Eve Gala, and was scheduled to make his company debut with Indianapolis Opera as Don Ottavio in their production of Don Giovanni as the pandemic struck. He returns to Virginia Opera this February for his role debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.
"...the blind, all-consuming ardor of tenor Benjamin Werley’s Don Jose was never in doubt. Werley wielded a gleaming, flexible tenor and had the confidence to let his performance build and deepen. The contrast between his fresh-faced, clean-cut stoicism in Act I and his vulnerable, ragged desperation in the harrowing conclusion was extreme."
—  -Joanne Lessner (OPERA NEWS)