Benjamin Werley (Don Jose) originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—was first bitten by the opera bug while attending a performance of Puccini´s Tosca, and has been pursuing an operatic career ever since. He made his professional debut in 2012 as Rodolfo in Puccini´s La Bohéme, with Arbor Opera Theater. In March 2013, Werley was a semi-finalist of the 2012-2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In August 2013, Werley joined the Queens Symphony Orchestra for two concerts honoring Verdi’s 200th birthday. In Summer 2014, Werley was a participant in the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, California. While there, he sang the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart´s Don Giovanni. Then, Werley joined Virginia Opera as an Emerging Artist for their 2014-2015 40th Anniversary season, where he covered Narraboth in Richard Strauss´s Salome, and sang the role of Giuseppe and covered Alfredo in Verdi´s La Traviata. This Fall, he will join the Florida Grand Opera in their 76th season. He will sing the Judge in Un ballo in maschera and cover Don José in Carmen, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Ovidio in Before Night Falls, and Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera. Werley is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with renowned soprano Carol Vaness and pedagogue Paul Kiesgen. He appeared in twenty one opera productions while at Indiana.