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Benjamin Bernheim : « J’ai appris que j’avais des nerfs »


Guth, le ténor français Benjamin Bernheim nous présente avec beaucoup de recul son travail, son répertoire « de jeune romantique », ainsi que ses projets.

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Interview with Benjamin Bernheim


Raised in Geneva, French tenor Benjamin Bernheim is rapidly asserting his place as one of the most remarkable young singers before the public today. Following initial training at the Lausanne Conservatoire, he joined the young artists’ program at the Opernhaus Zürich before graduating into its ensemble. Since then, he has made a string of major appearances including Lensky and Alfredo at the Deutsche Oper, Rodolfo in Dresden and Faust in Riga. Current and future appearances include Rodolfo in London and Paris, Faust in Chicago, Nemorino in Vienna and a return to Zürich as Alfredo. I caught up with Mr Bernheim following his Royal Opera debut as Rodolfo.

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Critical Acclaim

“…le Cassio solaire, si bien projeté de Benjamin Bernheim, constitue une révélation sur ce plateau…”

{…the luminous Cassio, so well projected by Benjamin Bernheim, was a revelation on this stage…}


Benoît Fauchet
Diapason

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Tenor Benjamin Bernheim in conversation with Rivka Jacobson


At 32, the young tenor, Benjamin Bernheim, made his debut at the Royal Opera House in Richard Jones’s new production of Puccini’s passionate opera La Bohème on the 6th October 2017. We met at the Royal Opera House a few days before his debut appearance in the much-coveted role of Rodolfo in La Bohème. His excitement seemed complete.  Not only is he appearing at leading Opera Houses, but also in the role he is so keen on.

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Critical Acclaim

Son timbre chaud transmet parfaitement les premiers élans amoureux de Rodolfo. Il tâtonne à la recherche des clés de la couturière mais sa voix reste assurée, sa ligne vocale constamment articulée. Les voix de Benjamin Bernheim et de la soprano Nicole Car se répondent harmonieusement au moment d’O Soave Fanciulla,il en est de même pour tous leurs duos, auxquels le public applaudit chaleureusement. 


Céline Wadoux
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Critical Acclaim

Bernheim gave us a glorious Rodolfo.  Right from his opening entry, his bright, well-placed tenor ringing out, it was immediately clear that we were in for something very special indeed.  His isn’t the biggest voice but it carries wonderfully, seemingly floating on air throughout the auditorium.  It is absolutely even from top to bottom – as he sang through ‘che gelida manina’ the voice took wing, drawing those ‘castelli in aria’, opening up in seemingly unlimited, unblemished beauty and rising to a fabulously full and even high C.  He found poetry in the text too – he made the text live, always using it as a starting point for his phrasing and used dynamics intelligently to create a rounded character.  The heartbreak he felt at the close was palpable.  Bernheim is a very major talent.


Operatraveller
Opera Traveller

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Artist Spotlight


Artist Spotlight

A magic childhood moment let the tenor Benjamin Bernheim know he wanted to be part of the opera world. He was well prepared for it by his family. “I was born in Paris,” he says, “and lived in Geneva for part of my childhood. My parents always played music, and I was very close to my grandparents, who loved the opera. They went to all the houses, to Bayreuth and Salzburg every summer, so I followed opera thanks to them.”

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Entretien avec … Benjamin Bernheim


Benjamin Bernheim possède l’une des plus belles voix de ténor parmi les jeunes chanteurs de sa génération : éclatante, aux couleurs toujours variées, avec une attention constante donnée aux mots. À l’aube d’une saison 2017/2018 qui s’annonce mémorable, rencontre avec le ténor français, que l’on retrouvera cette saison à trois reprises à Paris : nouvelle production de la Bohème à l’Opéra Bastille, récital à la Philharmonie avec Olga Peretyatko, et hommage à Gounod à la Maison de la Radio.

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Intervija ar tenoru Benžamēnu Bernheimu. Mīli mani mūžam


No 8. līdz 18. jūnijam Latvijas Nacionālajā operā notiks XX Rīgas Operas festivāls, kurš šogad būs veltīts romantiskajai operai. 8. un 17. jūnijā Rīgā tenors Benžamēns Bernheims pirmo reizi karjerā atveidos titullomu Šarla Guno Faustā, Margarētas lomā debitēs soprāns Marina Rebeka. Mefistofeli tēlos vācu bass Andreass Bauers, kurš diriģenta Tadeuša Voicehovska un režisora Aika Karapetjana veidotajā iestudējumā mirdz kopš pirmizrādes 2016. gada septembrī. 18. jūnijā Benžamēns Bernheims piedalīsies Mārtiņa Ozoliņa diriģētajā festivāla galā koncertā Viva romantica.

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Critical Acclaim

“In all this Gothic horror, the French tenor Benjamin Bernheim as Faust was something of an innocent abroad. But Aik Karapetian had started with a striking touch the older Faust in the first scene was played by a different, older singer (Olegs Orlovs), with Bernheim making his first appearance as the re-juvenate Faust. It was a pleasure to hear a Francophone tenor in the role, even if I had to travel to Latvia for it! Bernheim has a lithe, narrow focussed French-style voice just right for this role. He combined flexibility with focused power. He could produce nice fluid tone for ‘Salut demeure’ …”


Robert Hugill
Planet Hugill

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