Ben Malensek

Master Vocal Coach

Ben Malensek recently completed his 32nd season on the music staff of Opera Theatre of St. Louis where he is Principal Coach/English Diction Specialist.  He was Head of Music Staff at Dallas Opera for eleven seasons in addition to working at The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.  In Europe he was a member of the Zurich Opera Internationales Opern Studio.  International artists with whom he has collaborated include Neil Shicoff, Samuel Ramey, Frederica Von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas, Paul Groves, Carol Vaness, Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez, Isabel Leonard, Raymond Aceto, and Adrianne Pieczonka, Morris Robinson, and Luca Pisaroni.  Ben is often called upon to judge The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has worked with apprentice artists at The Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Institute, The Banff Festival, The Castleton Festival and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, as well as serving on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  He studied vocal coaching with Metropolitan Opera coach Alberta Masiello and has degrees from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Manhattan School of Music.  Upcoming engagements include a return to Palm Beach Opera as Master Vocal Coach of the Benenson Young Artist and Bailey Apprentice Artist Programs.