Benjamin Warschawski, tenor
Photo by Paul Konerko
Benjamin Warschawski is recognized worldwide for his extraordinary talents in both operatic and cantorial realms. His ability to bring polished, classical style to his cantorial singing and rich, soulful emotion to the operatic stage has prompted many to dub him “this generation’s Richard Tucker.”
The tenor has thrilled audiences worldwide in over twenty leading tenor roles including Alfredo in La Traviata, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Don José in Carmen, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Calaf in Turandot, and the title roles in Werther, Edgar and L’amico Fritz. He has graced such esteemed stages as New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Michigan Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Delaware and Austin Lyric Opera. Mr. Warschawski has performed with such legendary opera singers as Sherrill Milnes, James Morris, Jerome Hines, Aprile Millo, Dominic Cossa, Sharon Sweet, Pamela Armstrong, Mark Delavan, and William Warfield, and he is a past winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions.
Mr. Warschawski’s recent engagements have included: Carmen with Opera Southwest and Washington Summer Opera, Il tabarro with Los Angeles Opera, L’amico Fritz with Sarasota Opera, Candide with Toledo Opera and Il Trovatore with Chautauqua Opera, and CARMEN with Baltimore Concert Opera. On the concert stage Mr. Warschawski recently appeared Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beveridge’s YIZKOR REQUIEM with the Williamsburg Chorale and Orchestra and the Alexandria Chorale and Orchestra, and Stephen Paulus’ TO BE CERTAIN OF THE DAWN with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Over the past two seasons the tenor has also performed operatic and cantorial concerts in New York, Miami, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Israel.
As a cantor, Warschawski began his journey to the pulpit as a teenager, singing in the prestigious Beth T’filoh Choir in Baltimore. In 1997 he received the title of Reverend Cantor from the Cantorial Council of America at the Belz School of Music, Yeshiva University. That same year he assumed the pulpit at The Ner Tamid/Greenspring Valley Synagogue in Baltimore, a post he held for five years, followed by a two year position at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida. Cantor Warschawski has concertized extensively with virtually every major cantor and renowned Jewish singer singing today. He currently holds the position of Chief Cantor at the prestigious Ezra Habonim/The Niles Township Congregation in Chicago, Illinois. The tenor splits his time between Chicago and New York where he resides with his wife, Heather and daughter, Adina.
December 7, 2013