Georgia native Benjamin Boskoff, Tenor, is a graduate from The University of Michigan School of Music(MM) and University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music(BM). He performed Torquemada and Gherrardo in the University of Michigan’s Opera Theater double bill production of Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol and Gianni Schicchi and as Tito in the University’s Green Opera Production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Mr. Boskoff has performed roles in La Boheme, The Pirates of Penzance, Les Contes D’Hoffmann, and Carmen with UGA Opera Theater. In past summer festivals, Mr. Boskoff performed Lysander in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014 with Harrower Opera, Laurie in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Opera Breve(Texas), and Albert Herring as Albert in 2015 with Opera Breve and reprised the role with Detroit's up and coming company Opera MODO in May 2016. This past season, Mr. Boskoff’s operatic engagements have been in Texas singing Paolino in Red River Lyric Opera's production of Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa, Opera Theater Montclair singing Damon and Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Tamino in St. Louis with The St. Louis Opera Collective in December. More recently Mr. Boskoff was again with MODO in their production of Verdi's Falstaff and updated Don Giovanni as Don Ottavio, or Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show. He followed that with his first Count Almaviva with Light Opera of New Jersey's Barber of Seville in April, 2017. Mr. Boskoff was most recently engaged for a Magic Flute (Tamino) with Lawrence Opera Theatre in August; A Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint) with Red River Lyric Opera in July and a L'heure Espangole (Gonsalve) with Houston's Operativo June. In the winter of 2018, Mr. Boskoff was a guest artist with Lawrence University and worked along side students in their production of Rossini's last comedy, Le Comte Ory as the count himself.
Mr. Boskoff has been a student of Dr. Gregory Broughton, Dr. Scott Piper and Caroline Helton. He has also spent time working with Martin Katz, Dr. Timothy Cheek, Kathleen Kelly, Kathryn Wright, Copeland Woodruff, Dr. Stephen Austin, Frederick Burchinal, Martha Sheil, Kenneth Bozeman and Steven Mcgee.
Mr. Boskoff is currently calling Houston, Texas his home and base of operations.
Along with interests in opera, Mr. Boskoff finds an equal passion in the art song repertoire, modern music repertoire, and concert works. Since 2013, he as been apart of a dozen of recital programs ranging from new compositions, degree recitals, public outreach, and solo concert work. "A champion of programming," Mr. Boskoff takes tedious care in manipulating the order of the recital, making sure each performance is unique and enjoyable to the audience. Along with a proper program, he ensures that new works are performed on each recital and tries to expand the breadth of the repertoire heard in today's recital hall. He also attempts to combine several different artistic mediums in each recital to help push the recital into the 21st century of performance art; such as visual art, dance, poetry reading, monologue and technology. Mr. Boskoff's use of his minor in literature from The University of Georgia, brings analytical and poetic colors to the text and also influences the flow of the recital.
Mr. Boskoff is available via email for recital/concert consultation, program planning, recital bookings and repertoire suggestions.
Voice teacher and pedagogue
Voice teacher and pedagogue
Since 2013, Mr. Boskoff has maintained a small voice studio teaching high school and college students. His studies under Dr. Stephanie Tingler (UGA) and Dr. Freda Herseth (Michigan) in pedagogy have greatly influenced his teaching style, combined with his two past teachers, Dr. Gregory Broughton (UGA) and Dr. Scott Piper (Michigan). Mechanistic in understanding and practical in approach, Mr. Boskoff seeks to teach healthy, vocal phonation above all else - along with a deep connection with the visceral sensation of singing the text and emotion of the music.
"If one cannot be healthy while singing it, it is not you BEING ALIVE in the music but rather you pretending to be alive."
- Dr. Gregory Broughton