|President of the Metroplex Opera Company|
|Dr. Benjamin A. Petty|
A native of New Orleans, Dr. Petty received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University and a Ph.D in philosophy from Boston University. He is an ordained Methodist minister who served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, and Louisiana before coming to Dallas in 1953 to teach at Southern Methodist University (S.M.U.). He has taught undergraduates in the Religious Studies and Philosophy Departments and graduates in the Master of Liberal Sciences Program at S.M.U. in Dallas, Texas.
Although Dr. Petty retired in1991 (after 38 years), he continues to teach part-time in his 52nd year at S.M.U. For 16 of those 52 years he served as secretary-treasurer of the S.M.U. Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, having been elected to the honorary while he was at Tulane. He has also been President of the North Texas Association of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Petty has had a life-long interest in music, particularly in classical. He has studied voice with Royce Reaves who now resides in Germany where Mr. Reaves has had a distinguished opera career. Other teachers include Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, Gerald Tate, and Ann Petty. He is a tenor soloist who has sung in church choirs, performed in nursing and retirement homes. He has also sung professionally with the Dallas Opera Chorus. Possessing a wide range, he has performed the roles of Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte.
His love of opera and the values it creates motivates him to support and serve the Metroplex Opera Company.