Benjamin Bernheim sings the role of Rodolfo back to back in two new productions

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.

Benjamin Bernheim’s Royal Opera House Debut Met with Praise

Mr. Bernheim made his highly anticipated Royal Opera House debut on October 6th, staring as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. The new production by Richard Jones was set it in the traditional time period and setting, yet a cast young stars on the cusp of major, international careers gave the show an updated, fresh appeal.

Autumn 2017 Highlights

Mr. Bernheim begins his 2017/2018 season with a role debut in Berlin, where he sings Alfredo in La Traviata to open the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2017-2018 season.  Ido Arad conducts this Götz Friedrich production, while Salome Jicia sings Violetta, and Dong-Hwan Lee sings Germont. The show opens on August 30th, with an additional performance on September 2nd. While a role debut, Mr.Bernheim has sung with the Deutsche Oper before, most recently in a production of Eugene Onegin, in which he sang Lenskij. Mr. Bernheim returns to Berlin to sing Alfredo with the Staatsoper Berlin in May and June 2018, and will also end his season with Alfredo in Zurich, which opens on July 6th.

From Berlin, Mr. Bernheim travels to London, where he makes his house debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden singing Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. Simona Mihai sings opposite Mr. Bernheim as Mimì, and Paul Wynne Griffiths conducts. Richard Jones directs this new production of Puccini’s beloved opera. Mr.Bernheim performs on October 6th and 10th.

In December, Mr. Bernheim sings in Paris at the Opéra de Paris, where he performs in a Claus Guth production of La bohème. This will be his first time singing at the Opéra Bastille theater, after having made his debut in Paris at Opéra Garnier in Capriccio in 2016His premiere is on December 18th, followed by five additional performances throughout the holiday season.


Italian concert tour with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala

Mr. Bernheim will tour Italy with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala this summer, performing in four concerts. The tour begins on July 11 in Varese, and then continues on to Como (July 13), Pavia (July 14), and ends in Cremona (July 15). At each venue, Mr. Bernheim will sing a programme of opera arias, including “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Werther, “Che gelida manina” from La bohème, and “De’ miei bollenti spiriti” from La traviata. Conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, the program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor. This concert tour concludes Mr. Bernheim’s 2016/2017 season, and his next season begins at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he will sing Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata opening August 30.  Ticket information for these concerts to follow shortly.

2017/2018 Season Highlights

Benjamin Bernheim’s 2017-2018 season begins in Berlin, where he sings Alfredo in Verdii’s La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Although Mr. Bernheim has sung before at the Deutsche Oper, this marks his role debut as Alfredo. The production opens their season on August 30th, with an additional performance on September 2nd.

Next, Mr. Bernheim makes his house debut at the Royal Opera House, where he sings Rodolfo in a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Simona Mihai joins as Mimì, in a new production by Richard Jones. He reprises the role at the Opéra National de Paris, with six performances over the holiday season. He begins the new year in Bordeaux, where he sings a solo recital with pianist Jean-Marc Fontana on the main stage at the Opéra National Bordeaux. He continues on with debuts, as Nemorino in Donezetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Wiener Staatsoper in February is followed by a new staging of Faust at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Bernheim then returns to France, where he sings in two concerts in Paris. The first is with Olga Peretyatko at the Philharmonie de Paris, and is a program of arias and duets, and the second is an Hommage à Gounod with the Orchestre National de France. His season finishes at the Opernhaus Zürich, where he sings Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. 

Role and house debut as Faust at Latvian National Opera

On  June 8 & 17, Benjamin Bernheim will debut in the title role of Gounod’s Faust in his first-ever engagement at the Latvian National Opera. Marina Rebeka sings Marguerite and bass Andreas Bauer is Méphistophélès, in performances conducted by Tadeusz Wojciechowski. Directed by Aik Karapetian, the production’s creative team includes costume designer Kristīne Pasternaka, set designer Kristaps Skulte, and lighting by A.J. Weissbard.

Mr. Bernheim will return to the role in a new production next season, in his house debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago from March 3 – 21, 2018.

Otello DVD/Blu-ray released

The DVD/Blu-ray of the Salzburg Osterfestspiele production of Otello, with Benjamin Bernheim singing the role of Cassio, has just been released by Unitel. Hailed as a “revelation” in this role by Diapason, and as having a “bright, voluminous and extensive voice,” by Opera Online, this is Mr. Bernheim’s third time singing the role, having previously performed it at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Opernhaus Zürich. Mr. Bernheim is joined by José Cura in the title role, Dorothea Röschmann as Desdemona, Carlos Alvarez as Iago, and Christa Mayer as Emilia. Christian Thielemann conducts this dark and dramatic production by Vincent Boussard. The trailer is available here,  and the DVD can be purchased here.

‘La bohème’ at the Opernhaus Zürich

Benjamin Bernheim reprises his acclaimed portrayal of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème this spring at Opernhaus Zürich. He sings the role on April 15, 19, 22 & 29 and May 6 & 10, with Eleonora Buratto as Mimì, Andrei Bondarenko as Marcello, and Elsa Dreisig is Musetta. Giampaolo Bisanti leads from the pit for all performances. The production, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg, features stage designs by Erlend Birkeland and costumes designed by Maria Geber.

Benjamin Bernheim sings Cassio in Verdi’s ‘Otello’ at Opernhaus Zürich

This March, Benjamin Bernheim returns to the Opernhaus Zürich stage to sing Cassio in Verdi’s Otello. The performances take place on March 8, 12, 16, 19 & 23, with a cast that also features Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role, Maria Agresta as Desdemona, and Zeljko Lucic as Jago. Maestro Marco Armiliato leads from the pit for this production, which features a staging by Graham Vick.

Thomas’ ‘Hamlet’ at Opéra de Lausanne

On February 5, 8, 10 & 12, Benjamin Bernheim sings the role of Laërte in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet at Opéra de Lausanne. Vincent Boussard directs the staging, a co-production with Opéra National du Rhin and Opéra de Marseille, with a cast that also includes Régis Mengus as Hamlet, Lisette Oropesa as Ophélie,
Stella Grigorian sings Gertrude, and Philippe Rouillon is Claudius. Fabien Gabel leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne for these performances.

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