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 33)
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.[1]

Born in Cambridge, Thapa was raised by a single mother from the age of four after his father was deported, 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.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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".[6] However, after a seven-year hiatus, G4 reunited for a reunion concert at the Barbican Hall, and announced their 2015 reunion tour.[7]

Thapa has worked with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland,[8] [9] released the album Songs of My Childhood,[10] and embarked on a nationwide tour.[11] Thapa has also sung in numerous opera productions, including the Scottish Opera's Kátya Kabanová.[12]

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