Gary Bennett was born in Tasmania. After studying
mathematics and physics he took private singing lessons
and then went to London where he received a scholarship
at the National Opera Studio.
He spent two years with the Cologne Opera Studio,
after which he had contracts in the USA (Washington
Opera, Greater Miami Opera), Canada (Canadian Opera),
Australia (Australian Opera, South Australian Opera,
Victorian Opera), and Israel (Tel Aviv Opera).
His travels in Europe took him to Britain
(Glyndebourne, Edinburgh Festival, and the BBC), Italy
(Pisa Opera, Montepulciano Festival), Austria (Salzburg
Festspiele, Klagenfurt), and then Germany. There he sang
in numerous opera houses, such as Cologne, Düsseldorf,
Nuremberg, Chemnitz, Bremen, Hanover, Wiesbaden,
Wuppertal, Saarbrücken, Lübeck, Eisenach, Giessen,
Heidelberg, Hagen, Hof, and Meiningen.
Bennett lives with his family in Cologne. There he
met Thomas Greuel and Béla Mavrák in 2000, and the three
now appear jointly as the Platin Tenors, on stage and on
TV. In 2005 they came to the notice of André Rieu who
signed them up for his world tour with over 100
appearances. Some of their concerts in the Netherlands
and Germany have been broadcast on television.
His repertoire covers many roles, including Hoffmann
in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the title roles in
Idomeneo and Gounod’s Faust, Tom
Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, the prince in
Rusalka, Rodolfo in La Bohčme, the
Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Loge in Das
Rheingold, the prince in The Love of the Three
Oranges, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Count
Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Tamino in
The Magic Flute, and Belmonte in Die
Entführung aus dem Serail.
He also sings oratorio and lieder. Here his
repertoire includes the Evangelist in the St John and St
Matthew Passions, Schubert’s Winterreise, and
Die Schöne Müllerin.
Thomas Greuel was born in Rheinbach near Bonn. After
leaving school he studied singing at the Cologne College
of Music from 1987, completing his stage exams in 1993.
Three years earlier he had already successfully
auditioned for a place at the opera studio of the
Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. There he sang in
many roles and was able to develop his singing and
acting abilities. He remained at the Düsseldorf opera
house until 1996, when he became a freelance. He then
made guest appearances at many different opera houses in
Germany (Kiel, Bremen, Stralsund, Münster, Krefeld,
Mönchengladbach, Hagen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanover,
Wiesbaden, Weimar, Zwickau, Würzburg, Karlsruhe, and
Augsburg). Since 2001 he has again been under contract
to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he is expected to
remain until 2009.
He lives with his family in Bad Münstereifel near the
Belgian border. Since 2000 he has frequently sung with
his colleagues Gary Bennett and Béla Mavrák, appearing
as The Platin Tenors. Following many television shows
they received an offer in 2005 to take part in André
Rieu’s world tour with over 100 appearances. The Platin
Tenors have already been seen several times on Rieu’s TV
Thomas Greuel’s repertoire covers numerous roles,
including Peter Ivanov in Zar und Zimmermann,
Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail,
Aristaeus/Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld,
Monostatos in The Magic Flute, the schoolmaster
in The Cunning Little Vixen, the innkeeper in
Der Rosenkavalier, the helmsman in Der
Fliegende Holländer, and Canio in I Pagliacci.
In oratorio and sacred music he has a leaning towards
Händel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn (The Creation,
Elijah, The Seasons, etc.). In the
field of lieder his strength lies in interpreting works
by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss.
Béla Mavrák was born in Baden near Vienna. From 1989
he studied singing at the Music Academy in Belgrade, and
sang Rodolfo in La Bohčme at the Belgrade State
Opera. In 1991 he toured the United States (New York,
Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.) and Canada
with Columbia Artists. In 1994 he received his arts
diploma at the Cologne College of Music, then had
private lessons with Franco Corelli in Milan and
attended master classes given by Gianni Raimondi and
He won the gold medal in the international singing
contest in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. After that he
appeared in radio and TV productions and CD recordings
(Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s
Magnificat) and in the world premičre of In
Exitu Israel and Dixit Dominus by Marianna
Martinez in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall.
In 1994 he sang in Verdi’s Requiem in the
Beethovenhalle in Bonn with the Philharmonica Hungarica,
then visited South America (Teatro Colón in Buenos
Aires, Teatro Municipal in Săo Paulo), Austria (Festspielhaus
in Salzburg), Hungary (Budapest), and Japan (Tokyo and
In 1998 the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar
signed him up as a soloist for two years. During that
time he took the title roles in almost all the main
operas. In 1999 he appeared in a charity concert in aid
of the Yehudi Menuhin foundation.
Since 2000 Béla Mavrák has made guest appearances in
various theatres in Germany (Lübeck, Pforzheim, Koblenz,
Berlin), Italy (Bergamo and towns on the Ligurian
coast), Switzerland, and Hungary (Miskolc).
In 2004 he toured Germany as Tamino in The Magic
Flute, taking part in over 20 performances. The
then appeared on German television, in concerts with
André Rieu, and in a series of New Year concerts with
the North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2005 he appeared as Alfredo in La Traviata
at the Budapest spring festival, and toured Holland and
Belgium as Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin by
Béla Mavrák lives in Cologne. It was there that he
joined up with Gary Bennett and Thomas Greuel in 2000;
since then they have appeared as The Platin Tenors, on
stage and on television. André Rieu became aware of them
in 2005 and engaged them for a world tour with over 100
appearances. Several concerts given in the Netherlands
have also been broadcast on German TV.
His repertoire covers many roles, including Faust in
Gounod’s opera of that name and Berlioz’ La
Damnation de Faust, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi,
Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Don Ottavio in
Don Giovanni, the Duke of Mantua in
Rigoletto, Cassio in Otello, the Marquis
de Chateauneuf in Albert Lortzing’s Zar und
Zimmermann, the singer in Der Rosenkavalier,
the voice of a young seaman in Tristan und Isolde,
the first knight of the Grail in Parsifal,
Prince Sou-Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns,
and Barinkay in The Gipsy Baron.
Besides opera and operetta he also sings oratorio and
lieder. He has appeared in many concert performances.