"...the major French lyric tenor the opera world is longing for."
"...luminous timbre, the piercing high notes are accompanied by a rare intelligence of phrasing"
"...this is one of the most interesting tenors of our time"
29 Sep 2020
This October, Benjamin embarks on a three city recital tour to perform French and German songs. The first recital will be held in the Salon Gustav Eiffel in the Eiffel Tower, and opens Le Festival de Paris’ 2020/21 season. This recital also has the honor of being the first officially announced Momentum recital in France. An initiative created by Barbara Hannigan, Momentum events create opportunities for younger singers who are suffering due to this pandemic. Benjamin and Carrie-Ann have invited soprano Florie Valiquette to join them for this October 2nd recital. Benjamin and Carrie-Ann perform pieces by Duparc, Hahn, Gounod, Poulenc, Verdi and Donizetti, and Ms. Valiquette will perform three pieces and a duet with Benjamin. The concert will also be filmed for DG/Canal + to be streamed at a later date.
The second concert marks Benjamin’s debut in Luxembourg, as he performs at the Philharmonie Luxembourg on October 7th. The duo will perform a similar program with the addition of Strauss songs.
On October 23rd, he performs at the KKL in Luzern, this time with pianist Marie-Ève Scarfone. The program for this lunch time recital can be found below:
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Les Nuits d’été (Sommernächte)
Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
«L’Invitation au voyage»
«La Vie antérieure»
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
«Heimliche Aufforderung» op. 27/3
«Die Nacht» op. 10/3
«Befreit» op. 39/4
«Morgen» op. 27/4
Reynaldo Hahn (1874 -1947)
«L’Heure exquise» (Chansons grises N° 5)
Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
«Voyage à Paris» (Banalités N° 4)