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.

2018/19 Season Announced

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 Zeffirelli production. Alfredo in Verdi’s La traviata is a central part of his 2018/19 season, with productions at the 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, Rodolfo in La bohème, 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. 

Mr. Bernheim returns to the role of Alfredo in ‘La Traviata’

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.

Faust in Paris

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.

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