Hailing from La Mirada, lyric baritone Bennett Billard has been singing since the age of 12. Starting as part of the Buena Park Youth Theatre, he would go on to begin opera studies during his sophomore year at Fullerton Union High School's Academy of the Arts. After earning his bachelor’s degree from CSU Long Beach and his master’s degree from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bennett has been back singing in Los Angeles and Orange County since 2015. Most frequently he opens for Apollinaire, a six-piece acoustic combo that specializes in playing Brecht and Weil compositions with a tango twist. This is Bennett’s third year with the MMC. Prior to that, he was part of the Chorale Bel Canto in Whittier.