Tenor Ben Johnson performs an outstanding role as “Basilio” in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”


Ben Johnson receives high admiration as he continues to perform “Basilio” in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” this month at The Grange Festival in Alresford, UK.

The opera, told in four acts and sung in Italian, is set in the 18th century in Spain on Figaro and Susanna’s wedding day. Thereby, Mozart’s masterpiece deals with topics in which women are portrayed as wiser and more civilised than men, and servants outwit their masters as well as mistaken identities and twists and turns.


After starting with the first performance last week, we are very proud of Ben Johnson making a brilliant role as “Basilio”:

Photo credit: Chris Gloag

Photo credit: Chris Gloag

“[…] was a brilliant assumption, as was Ben Johnson’s Basilio – how refreshing to have this character sung by a young artist, and what a fine job he made of it. […]”

Music OMH


“[…] and Ben Johnson gave an odiously pavonine Don Basilio that was splendidly mannered. […]”



“[…] Just as compelling are Jonathan Best’s sturdy Dr. Bartolo and Ben Johnson’s dapper Don Basilio who has much more than music making on his mind every time he sees Cherubino. […]”

Opera Today


“[…] and Ben Johnson’s Basilio thankfully avoids the still lingering camp stereotype. […]”

The Stage


Accompanied by The Academy of Ancient Music conducted by Richard Egarr, the Grange Festival's new production directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans presents an outstanding cast with some of Europe’s most excellent young artists.

You can see the performance on the following dates:

Fri, 14 June 2019 (17:30)

Wed, 19 June 2019 (17:30)

Sun, 23 June 2019 (17:00)

Sun, 30 June 2019 (17:00)

Tickets are available here!

A further performance will be in London at Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre on 4 July at 19:00. Tickets can be found here!