Benjamin Butterfield


Benjamin Butterfield’s research on “the art of singing” is tied to his interest in the inherent ability of our species to respond vocally by reflex to thoughts, emotions and understanding. His teaching is rooted in the concepts of “functional freedom” (Cornelius Reid), “unleashing the expressive, resonant voice” (Kim Mattice Wannat) and “the art of breathing” (Nancy Zi) while maintaining a solid foundation in the traditions of Bel Canto as celebrated through the maxims of Lamperti “…[to avoid] the decadence of this divine art.”

Inspired by his teachers Selena James, William Neill, Diane Forlano, with mentorship from Michael McMahon, Don Tarnawski and Leopold Simoneau O.C., Professor Butterfield has maintained an active performing career for the past 30 years. He enjoys a diverse repertoire in opera, oratorio and song— both in live concert and on recordings—and has been fortunate enough to work with remarkable colleagues and organizations in some of the world’s most recognized and historic venues.

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