We’re ecstatic to announce the addition of our newest friend Ben Watts to the Traffic Opera line-up. He’s terrifically fun and talented to boot. Here’s his official bio:
Benjamin Delp Watts hails from Wyomissing, PA, and was recently acclaimed by Susan Peña, of the Reading Eagle, as “exquisitely silly as the bumbling attorney, Dr. Blind,” in The Berks Opera Company’s production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Mr. Watts graduated from Perkiomen in 1994; holds degrees in German, Music, and Theatre from Albright College; and a Masters in Music from the University of Texas at Austin. He has sung everywhere from Austria to Albright to Austin, the tenor solos for Bach Cantatas no. 88 and 142, the Schubert Mass in G, and the Mozart Requiem. His operatic and musical theatre repertoire include roles in Barnum, Threepenny Opera, and Mother of Us All. He has also done benefit recitals at Albright College, his alma mater, and on the “Feed Your Soul” music series at Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2014, Mr. Watts marked his return to Berks County, PA, as Jack, in Jack and The Beanstalk; a children’s production for community outreach that was performed in local elementary schools. He has studied voice with Jeffrey Lentz, Rose Taylor, and Gilda Cruz-Romo. Mr. Watts serves as a member of The Board of Trustees for The Reading Musical Foundation, and regularly performs in fundraisers for local charities. He starred as the Narrator in the play, “Beethoven: Revealed,” in November 2014, in collaboration with The Reading Symphony Orchestra; and performed in Austin, as guest soloist, in February 2015, with the trio Triple Take. Mr. Watts is currently pursuing his PhD at Alvernia University.
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