BENJAMIN LUXON was one of Britain’s major international singers between 1970 and 1990. His career began as a member of the English Opera Group, the company formed by Benjamin Britten for the performance of his own and other contemporary operas. He quickly became one of Britten’s key singers culminating with Britten composing the role of “Owen Wyngrave” (his television opera) specifically for Luxon’s voice. He sang with most of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and opera companies and made over 100 recordings. In 1990 he suffered severe hearing loss which ended his singing career though he has continued with directing and master classes.
For the last 10 years he has lived here in the Berkshires and has developed an interest in the spoken word. Besides devising various poetry programs he has also taken to the stage again as a straight actor working with Walking the Dog Theater in Hudson (King Lear, Hamlet and Under Milk Wood), with Shakespeare & Company (Cindy Bella),with Close Encounters with Music in Stravinsky’s Soldiers Tale, and with the Berkshire Bach Society as Johann Sebastian Bach.
He is currently directing and acting with the Sandisfield Players, a newly formed Community Theater Group based at the Sandisfield Arts Center. In the past year they have staged Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’ and Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” and in December will perform their own version of Dicken’s ‘Christmas Carol’.