Ben Thapa

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Ben Thapa
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Ben Thapa in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Ben Vishala Thapa
Born (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 36)
Genres Classical
Easy listening
Operatic pop
Vocal
Occupation(s) Tenor singer
Years active 2004–present

Ben Vishala Thapa (born 2 March 1982) is an English opera singer, best known as the low tenor in G4 from 2004 to 2018.[1]

Born in Cambridge, Thapa was raised by a single mother from the age of four after his father left, and entered foster care when he was eleven.[2][3] It was during this time Thapa started singing lessons and sang in his local church choir, and played the clarinet in an orchestra while at Hills Road Sixth Form College. He studied at Royal Northern College of Music for a year before transferring to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he graduated from in 2004. Thapa graduated from the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2013.[4]

While completing his course at Guildhall, Thapa auditioned for the first series of The X Factor with his G4 bandmates Jon Ansell, Matt Stiff, and Mike Christie where they reached the final but lost out to Steve Brookstein. Due to their popularity on the show they were soon approached by Sony BMG, and the group released three albums.[5] As he had perfect pitch, Thapa's other role in G4 was ensuring that the other members were in the right key during their performances.[6] The group split in 2007, with Thapa stating: "I am not a team player. I don't want to be Ben from G4 any more".[7] However, after a seven-year hiatus, G4 reunited for a reunion concert at the Barbican Hall, and announced their 2015 reunion tour.[8] Ben continued touring and recording with G4 until April 2018. Then on 19 July he announced on social media that he was leaving G4 with immediate effect to concentrate on his solo Operatic career.

Thapa has worked with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland,[9][10] released the album Songs of My Childhood,[11] and embarked on a nationwide tour.[12] Thapa has also sung in numerous opera productions, including the Scottish Opera's Kátya Kabanová.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A life on the high Cs; Three years of success with an operatic boy band has left Jonathan Ansell with a taste for success
  2. ^ I was quite big, a foster kid & I loved singing.. 3 reasons why I ended up being bullied
  3. ^ Has he still got the X factor? Archived 2013-12-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ FixTheMusic. "Ben Thapa — Profile on FixTheMusic".
  5. ^ 'Bit of a laugh' ended in chart success'
  6. ^ A life on the high Cs; Three years of success with an operatic boy band has left Jonathan Ansell with a taste for success
  7. ^ 'I was such a pretty boy even my mother thought I was gay'
  8. ^ X Factor's class act G4 reuniting for 2015 tour
  9. ^ Ben Thapa - Live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
  10. ^ G4 GONE FOREVER Archived July 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Talent show tenor Ben Thapa is all heart
  12. ^ G4 star Ben Thapa announces solo gig
  13. ^ Former G4 star Ben Thapa on the band's one-night-only reunion

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