19 Jul 2018
Mr. Bernheim has just announced his 2018/19 season, which brings him to La Scala, The Royal Opera House in London, and the Wiener Staatsoper among others. He opens his season at the Opernhaus Zürich with one of his signature roles, Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La bohème on September 29th. He reprises this beloved role later in the season at the Wiener Staatsoper, in November, in the famed Zefffirelli production. Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata is a central part of his 2018/19 season, with productions at the Wiener Staatsoper , La Scala and The Royal Opera House in London. Mr. Bernheim performs in two other Verdi pieces in this upcoming season: Verdi’s Requiem, and Nabucco. The Requiem will be performed just once, on October 23rd, conducted by maestro Pappano, and Nabucco brings a close to Mr. Bernheim’s season at the Opernhaus Zürich in June and July 2019.After having made his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper this past season, Mr. Bernheim returns for a total of three roles: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo in La traviata, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. While Mr. Bernheim returns to several of his most celebrated roles, he makes an exciting role debut as Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in the spring of 2019. Conducted by Marc Minkowski, the production is by Olivier Py. Mr. Bernheim’s complete schedule, including additional details, is available here.
20 Jun 2018
After receiving rave reviews for his performance of Faust in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Mr. Bernheim returns to Zürich to perform the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Opernhaus Zürich. This is Mr. Berheim’s third time performing the role this season, having performed it earlier at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Staatsoper Berlin. In this David Hermann production, Mr. Bernheim is joined by Ailyn Pérez as Violetta, and Quinn Kelsey as Giogrio Germont, while Fabio Luisi leads from the pit. The run opens on July 6th, with additional performances the 8th, 11th, 13th and 15th. Mr. Bernheim then ends his season in London, where he will perform the role of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Royal Opera House on July 20th.
18 May 2018
It has just been announced that Mr. Bernheim will be performing in the title role in Gounod’s Faust at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, on June 14th. This is the third time the French tenor tackles the role, having premiered the role in Riga at the Latvian National Opera, and at the Lyric Opera Chicago. This time the tenor performs Faust in his birth city of Paris in concert. The original 1859 score is to be used, which includes some pieces that were cut from today’s most commonly performed version, and spoken text.
The press was delighted by Mr. Bernheim’s American debut in the role earlier this season, claiming that he was “the major French lyric tenor the opera world is longing for” (Chicago Tribune), and “showcasing an expressive and powerful voice that manages to be both clear and silky smooth while remaining utterly French” (Stage and Cinema). Fellow French opera singer Véronique Gens sings opposite as Marguerite, Andrew Foster-Williams sings Méphistophélès, Jean-Sébastien Bou sings Valentin, and Christophe Rousset conducts. Tickets are available here.
29 Apr 2018
After performing in concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, Benjamin Bernheim travels to Berlin to sing his second Alfredo of the season at the Staatsoper Berlin. He debuted the role in Berlin at the beginning of the season at the Deutsche Oper, and returns to the role for a limited run opening on May 30th, with additional performances on June 1st and 3rd. Domingo Hindoyan conducts Ailyn Pérez as Violetta, Alfredo Daza as Germont, and Natalia Skrycka as Flora in this Dieter Dorn production. Mr. Bernheim performs the role again at the end of his season at the Opernhaus Zürich (July 6, 8, 11, 13, and 15), and next season, when he performs the role at the Royal Opera House London in January 2019.
28 Apr 2018
Benjamin Bernheim performs in concert in his birth city of Paris on May 14th at the Philharmonie de Paris. He is joined by Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti. A program of bel canto arias and duets will be presented, including “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’Elisir d’amore, “Qui di sposa….Verranno a te sull’aure” from Lucia di Lammermoor, “Ah lève-toi, soleil!” from Roméo et Juliette, and “Parigi o cara” from La Traviata, among other beloved pieces. Tickets are available here. This is Mr. Bernheim’s second appearance in Paris this season, having performed in the new Claus Guth production of La bohème at the Opéra national de Paris in December and January. Following this performance, the French tenor travels to Berlin, where he will perform the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata at the Staatsoper Berlin.
03 Mar 2018
Mr. Bernheim makes his North American debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on March 3rd, when he sings the title role in Gounod’s Faust. This is the tenor’s second time singing the role which is likely to become a staple of his repertoire. Kevin Newbury directs the new production which uses sculpture by acclaimed American artist John Frame. This unique partnership allows audiences to experience this beloved French opera in a whole new way. Watch John Frame speak about his work on this opera here.
Mr. Bernheim is joined by Ailyn Pérez, who sings the role of Marguerite, Christian Van Horn, who sings the role of Méphistophélès, and Edward Parks, who sings the role of Valentin. Ana María Martínez joins the cast as Marguerite for the final show, on March 21st. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Tickets can be purchased here.
01 Feb 2018
Benjamin Bernheim continues his 2017/2018 season in Vienna, where he makes his role debut as Nemorimo in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. This also marks his house debut at the Wiener Staatsoper. The three performance run opens on February 3rd with additional performances on February 6th and 10th. The role of Adina is shared by Valentina Naforniţa and Andrea Carroll, while Mario Cassi sings Belcore, and Paolo Rumetz sings Dulcamara. This classic Otto Schenk production has been a favorite of Viennese audiences for decades, and Mr. Bernheim is one of the many tenors who has had the pleasure of performing Nemorino in this traditional setting. French conductor Frédéric Chaslin leads from the pit. For additional information and tickets please click here.
28 Dec 2017
A highlight of his exciting 2017/2018 season, Benjamin Bernheim sings Rodolfo in in Claus Guth’s new production of La Bohème at Opéra National de Paris. One of the most talked about productions of the year, the show provided a vehicle to cement Mr. Bernheim’s reputation as one of the most exciting tenors of this upcoming generation, and in particular as a rising French star. He received critical acclaim from both press and audience members alike, and was featured on TV, the radio, and several blogs.
04 Dec 2017
Italian repertoire dominates the beginning of Mr. Bernheim’s 2017/2018 season, as he sings the role of Rodolfo (La bohème) and Alfredo (La Traviata) in several opera houses throughout Europe. He began his season with a role debut as Alfredo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; a role that he will sing a total of three times throughout his 2017/2018 season. This role debut is followed by a house debut at the Royal Opera House in London. Mr. Bernheim sings the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème in the new, yet traditional Richard Jones production of this beloved masterpiece. Nicole Carr sings opposite Mr. Bernheim as Mimì, Mariusz Kwiecien sings Marcello, Joyce El-Khoury sings Musetta, Gyula Nagy Schaunard, and Luca Titttoto Colline. Paul Wynne Griffiths leads from the pit.