Role debut as Des Grieux in ‘Manon’

Opéra national de Bordeaux welcomes Benjamin Bernheim in Massenet’s Manon in April 2019, as he makes his highly anticipated role debut as the Chevalier Des Grieux. Considered an opera comique, Manon is a five-act performance that covers universal themes of love, both pure and unrequited, and the conflict that comes with impulse and desire. At the Grand-Théâtre in Bordeaux, this piece is interpreted by famed French director Olivier Py. Marc Minkowsky weaves magic with baton and punctuates the score with his usual panache, as American soprano Nadine Sierra sings the title role, and French baritone Alexandre Duhamel sings Lescaut. A discussion on the opera will be given on April 2nd at the opera house, and a lunch conference on the 4th to prepare the audience for this beloved masterpiece. Ben assumes the role of Chevalier Des Grieux on April 5, 8, 10 and 14.

Tickets and additional information are available here.

Role debut in Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria’

Mr. Bernheim makes his role debut in his second Puccini piece of the season, Messa di Gloria, in London at the Barbican Centre on March 3rd. This is the tenor’s second Mass with Maestro Pappano this season, Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Opera House in October being his first. Mr. Bernheim is joined by Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley, the London Symphony Orchestra and the and the London Symphony Chorus. Though Puccini wrote this mass in 1878 as his graduation exercise from the Instituto Musicale Pacini, it was not reprised until 1952, to resounding acclaim. This musical treat will also be broadcast on Medici TV.

Tickets and additional information are available here.

La Traviata at The Royal Opera House and La Scala

From the Royal Opera House to Teatro alla Scala, tenor Benjamin Bernheim continues to delight in his acclaimed role of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata. In London, under the baton of maestro Antonello Manacorda, Benjamin joins a cast of superb talents including American soprano Angel Blue as Violetta, and Italian baritone Simone Piazzola as Germont. His first performance is on January 24th, and Mr. Bernheim finishes the month of January in London with subsequent performances on the 26th, 29th, and 31st. Additional information and tickets are available here.

In Milan, his performance is eagerly awaited as the “tra i più brillanti tenori emergenti ” (Connessi all’Opera). Myung-Whun Chung conducts, while Marina Rebeka sings Violetta, and Leo Nucci sings Georgio Germont. Performances are February 2nd, 5th, and 8th.

Next, Mr. Bernheim returns to London to work with Maestro Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra on Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, on March 3rd at the Barbican Centre.

A Triumphant House Debut as Tamino

Mr. Bernheim made his house debut as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on December 15th at the Wiener Staatsoper to rave reviews. Die Presse enthused:

“With his beautifully timbred, warm tenor of great charisma, he shows – not only in a grandiose portrait-aria “- why he is called one of the most interesting tenors of our time: the rich, expressive sound and his ability to sing long lyric lines made his Tamino the event of the evening.”

While Online Merkur similarly heralded him as “one of the most promising lyric tenors of the next generation of singers.

The French tenor sings opposite Valentina Naforniţa as Pamina, Rene Pape as Sarastro, Hila Fahima as The Queen of the Night, and Clemens Unterreiner as Papageno. Adam Fischer conducts, and the production is by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier. Tickets for subsequent performances, December 18, 22, 26, 28, and 30, can be purchased here.

Photo: Pöhn/Wiener Staatsoper

Mr. Bernheim named a Rolex Testimonee

Mr. Bernheim has been named as a Rolex Testimonee. In a statement on social media, the tenor said:

“I am honored to be a Rolex Testimonee. Rolex has a long history of supporting the arts, and I am proud to continue their vision to encourage individual excellence.”

He is part of a select group of fellow artists, including Plácido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Sir Bryn Terfel, Juan Diego Flórez, and Cecilia Bartoli.
On its website, Rolex praises the tenor’s talent and outstanding career:

“Recognized for the purity of his beautiful voice, the immense depth of his musical expression and eloquent performances, French tenor Benjamin Bernheim has been captivating audiences at the world’s leading opera houses, including the Royal Opera House in London, the Zürich Opera House, the Opéra National de Paris and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. The extraordinarily gifted tenor has sung a number of iconic arias and diverse roles – from Lensky to Rodolfo and Faust – earning him a reputation as one of today’s most acclaimed opera singers.”

Rolex is also committed to supporting cultural institutions – many of which the tenor will perform in the coming months, adding to his successful season. These include the Royal Opera House, the Opéra National de Paris and the Teatro alla Scala. Additional information and a complete list can be found on the Rolex website.

A return to the Wiener Staatsoper

Mr. Bernheim performs his second role of the season at the Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, as he tackles the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s beloved classic, La bohème. This role has become one of the young tenor’s signature roles, having already performed it in five different productions throughout Europe. The press has lauded his Rodolfo as having an “aching, ringing purity,” and “sincere and touching.”   This time in Vienna, he performs opposite Marina Rebeka as Mimì in the traditionally staged Zeffirelli production. Speranza Scappucci conducts, while Clemens Unterreiner performs the role of Marcello, Mariam Battistelli sings Musetta, Samuel Hasselhorn performs Schaunard and Ryan Speedo Green sings Colline.

Performances are on November 23rd, 26th and 29th, and the performance on the 29th will be broadcast live online here.

Recital To Be Broadcast Live on Instagram

Benjamin Bernheim will become one of the first opera singers to use instagram live to broadcast his recital from Paris on November 12th. Already an established artist on the platform, Mr. Bernheim (@benbernheimtenor) is looking forward to sharing his sold-out recital with followers around the world.  The recital is part of the series, L’INSTANT LYRIQUE, which features outstanding artists in the intimate setting of a former Parisian mansion. He will be joined by pianist Antoine Palloc, and mezzo-soprano Eve-Maude Hubeaux as he performs a program of arias and duets, including Lensky’s aria, “Kuda, Kuda,” Tamino’s aria “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön,” the duet from Werther and Des Grieux’s aria “En ferment des yeux,” a role Bernheim will debut later this season at the Opéra national de Bordeaux. The recital starts at 8:00 pm Paris time.




Live Stream of ‘L’elisir d’amore’ from the Wiener Staatsoper

This season, Mr. Bernheim performs three leading roles at the prestigious Wiener Staatsoper. He begins with the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, which he debuted last season, to great acclaim. Performances are on October 31st, November 5th and 8th. Mr. Bernheim sings opposite Aida Garifullina as Adina, Orhan Yildiz as Belcore, Paolo Rumetz as Doktor Dulcamara, and Mariam Battistelli as Giannetta. Speranza Scappucci conducts. The final performance will be broadcast live on the Wiener Staatsoper website here.

Following the final performance, Benjamin travels to Paris to perform in recital with Antoine Palloc as part of the L’instant Lyrique recital series. The November 12th performance will be streamed live on his instagram account: @benbernheimtenor.

Mr. Bernheim then returns to the Wiener Staatsoper to perform the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Rodolfo in La bohème. 

A Triumphant Debut in Verdi’s ‘Requiem’

October 23rd marked Benjamin Bernheim’s debut in the tenor role of Verdi’s Requiem surrounded by a stellar cast, conducted by Maestro Antonio Pappano. The monumental piece was performed at the Royal Opera House in London to celebrate 50th anniversary of the receipt of the Royal Charter. American Jamie Barton sang the mezzo role, while Lise Davidsen replaced Krassimira Stoyanova who had fallen ill, and Hugarian Gàbor Bretz sang the bass role.

Mr. Bernheim performance was praised by several members of the press, including The Times, that commented:

“Benjamin Bernheim brought elegance and power to the tenor’s solos, with a splendidly sustained Ingemisco and a Hostias, by contrast, that was delivered in childlike supplication.”

The Financial Times, called his performance “highly sensitive,” while Opera Spy lauded his “wonderful Italianate tenor sound with a great falsetto, ” and the “silky smooth sound throughout his range.”

The performance was broadcast live on the BBC3 Radio, and if available for a limited amount of time here.

Benjamin reprises the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Wiener Staatsoper next, then continues on to Paris where he performs in recital on November 12th.







Role debut in Verdi’s “Requiem”

Mr. Bernheim makes his debut in the tenor role in Verdi’s Requiem on October 23rd at the Royal Opera House, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.  He is joined by the Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and Hungarian bass Gábor Bretz. Additional information and tickets are available here.

This performance marks Mr. Bernheim’s first appearance at the Royal Opera House this season, and he returns in January to perform the leading tenor role in another work by Verdi: La Traviata. Last season, he made his house debut in the role of Rodolfo in La bohème, to rave reviews.

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