Featured Artist - Timothy Bentch

Timothy Bentch

Tenor Timothy Bentch was raised on a farm in Missouri. His first singing experiences took place in the local Mennonite church and practicing scales on the tractor and in the silo but eventually led him to a master’s degree at the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. For twelve years he lived in Hungary where critics referred to him as "a treasure in today's Hungarian musical life" naming him the most significant "Hungarian" lyric tenor of this generation. He has sung at all the leading venues in this country appearing before presidents and prime ministers with many television appearances and radio broadcasts. At the Hungarian State Opera he premiered new productions as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in The Abduction, and Nencio in L’Infeldelta delusa by Haydn. Other roles with the Hungarian State Opera include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Alfredo in La Traviata and the Evangelist in a semi-staged version of Bach's Matthew Passion. His performed opera repertoire of over 40 roles also includes such roles as Mozart’s Mitridate, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore, Edguardo in Lucia, Ismaele in Nabucco, Fenton in Falstaff, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, four roles by Benjamin Britten, and numerous baroque operas—Jupiter in Semele, Nero in The Coronation of Poppea, Monteverdi’s Ulyssis, and Orfeo—a performance that marked the opening of the new theater in the Budapest Palace of the Arts in 2005. His opera performances have taken him to many other countries including the Netherlands, Italy Spain, Russia, Bulgaria, France, Malta, Israel, the UK, and Germany.

In symphonic repertoire, he has performed all the standard repertoire from renaissance and baroque to the large works of Mahler and Verdi. Highlights have included the Evangelists in the Bach Passions, the Dream of Gerontius by Elgar, and Mahler's 8th Symphony which he recorded for Naxos. This recording was lauded by critics winning the "Recording of the Month" by Sterophile Magazine. Bentch's performance was described as "bright, confident, and heroic, and his 'Blicket auf!' is stunning." Another critic wrote, "Bentch's top B-flats and B's are as heroic as his sweet singing is sweet. His 'Blicket auf,' a moment that can cause fear and trembling, is stirring in all the right ways." A recent review in the BBC Music Magazine praised Timothy Bentch's "heroic tenor" as one of the saving graces of a recent recording of Janacek's Glagolitic Mass with the Warsaw Philharmonic. He has sung with the philharmonic orchestras of Lille, Strasbourg, Avignon, Saint Petersburg, Sofia, Warsaw, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Ars Nova Symphony in Chicago, and appears regularly with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. His most recent performance with the HNP of the Britten War Requiem was critically acclaimed and broadcast live on national radio. He has sung under the baton of Zoltán Kocsis, János Fürst, Ádám Fischer, Tamás Vásáry, János Kovács, John Nelson, Jean Claude Casadesus, Antoni Witt, György Vashegyi, and Valentin Radu. His regular appearances with VoxAmaDeus date back to a serendipitous enounter with Maestro Radu on the stage of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra in 1997 in Bucharest.

Timothy is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts in Hungary, a classical music festival, which celebrated its 11th season in 2014. He also enjoys scriptwriting. His recent script was a quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars). He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.