Benjamin Makes His Role and House Debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg

French tenor Benjamin Bernheim makes his long-awaited role and house debut​ ​at the Staatsoper Hamburg in the opening production of their 2021/22 season:​ ​“Les contes d’Hoffmann”. Under the stage direction of Daniele Finzi Pasca,​ ​Benjamin leads Offenbach’s opéra fantastique in the title role adding another role to his list of beloved French repertoire. He joins a cast including​ ​soprano Olga Peretyatko (who sings the three ladies) and​ ​mezzo-soprano Angela Bower (as Nicklausse) to explore this opera based on three short stories​ ​by E.T.A Hoffmann. Kent Nagano conducts this exemplary cast with the​ ​Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and the Chor der Hamburg​ ​Staatsoper. Join​ ​Benjamin as he takes on the role of the poet and follow his​ ​adventures in search for love.

Performances are September 4, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22, 25. Tickets and additional
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Recital with Mathieu Pordoy at Salzburg Festival

On August 15, Benjamin Bernheim and pianist Mathieu Pordoy will give a recital at the Salzburg Festival. Their program on the Haus für Mozart stage showcases Bernheim’s detailed interpretation of lieder by Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, Ernest Chausson’s song cycle Poème de l’amour et de la mer, and English songs of Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge. This marks Bernheim’s third recital since his debut at the festival in 2012.

This marquee event of the 2021 Salzburg Festival will also be broadcast on beginning August 17.

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Summer Concerts

Benjamin Bernheim sings in three concerts during the summer of 2021 in three different countries. On July 17th, he performs in a gala concert in Toulouse at the Théâtre du Capitole. Joined by young artists Anaïs Constans and Lila Dufy,  and Mikhail Timoshenko, he performs a program of arias and duets. The Orchestre national du Capitole is conducted by Marc Leroy-Calatayud, and pieces by Gounod, Massenet, Thomas, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini will be included in the program. Tickets and additional information are available here.

The following week, Benjamin travels to Spain to perform in recital at the Peralada Festival. For this July 24th concert, he is joined by pianist David Zobel for an evening of songs and arias. The full program can be found here, but tickets are no longer available for this sold-out performance.

Benjamin concludes his summer at the Salzburger Festspiele, where he returns to perform in recital with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson on August 15th. A song recital has been carefully prepared which features pieces by Chausson, Britten, Clara Schumann, Brahms and Bridge. Additional information and tickets can be found here.

2021/22 Season

Mr. Bernheim has announced his 2021/22 season, which brings him to such prestigious venues as the Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu among others. He makes three exciting role debuts including Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Wiener Staatsoper and in the title roles of both Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Massenet’s Werther at the Opéra national de Bordeaux, adding to his French repertoire. While Mr. Bernheim makes these highly anticipated role debuts, he returns to his celebrated roles of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Mr. Bernheim continues his season with the role of Edgardo in Opernhaus Zürich’s Lucia di Lammermoor with performances running in May and June 2022. His season concludes with a reprisal of the title role in Gounod’s Faust with performances in June and July 2022. On the concert stage, Mr. Bernheim looks forward to collaborating again with friend and pianist, Carrie-Ann Matheson at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as part of the Les Grandes Voix recital series, and at the Wiener Konzerthaus, where he makes his Viennese recital debut. Mr. Bernheim’s schedule, including additional details, is available here.  

Concerts in May

This May, Benjamin Bernheim makes his debut in Lisbon with the Gulbenkian Orchestra for their season finale. The program, conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, features the Prelude and Liebestod from Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Aus Italien, and the orchestral song cycle Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer by Ernest Chausson. The three performances are sold-out, but Benjamin will present the French song cycle and Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson later this summer in Salzburg.

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The theaters in France are also scheduled to open in May, allowing Mr. Bernheim’s concert on May 19th and 20th at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Pretty Yende to be maintained, assuming there are no changes at the last moment. A concert of opera arias and duets, more information can be found here

Faust at Opéra national de Paris

This Spring, Mr. Bernheim will return to Opéra National de Paris to perform the title role in Faust. He will be performing alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho, with whom he performed in concert at Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, Spain in 2019. The cast also includes Christian Van Horn, Florian Sempey, Michèle Losier, Sylvie Brunet, and Christian Helmer, and the performances will be conducted by Lorenzo Viotti.

This will be German director Tobias Kratzer’s debut production at Opéra National de Paris and it is set to be sophisticated, featuring staging and sets that will rotate “between today’s world and the mysterious atmosphere of German romanticism.”

Although theaters remain closed in France, the performance will be recorded for a TV and movie theaters. It will be broadcast on France TV 5 on March 26th at 20:55 CET, and available after on CultureBox. Cinema broadcasts have yet to be announced.

Benjamin recently spoke with France TV 5 regarding the broadcast. Click here to watch the interview.



On January 29, 2021, Mr. Bernheim will be performing Mendelssohn’s Elias oratorio in German with the Orchestra and Choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia conducted by Antonio Pappano. Mr. Bernheim will be joined by cast members Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, and Christof Fischesser. The performance, which is part of a digital series, will not be allowing in-person attendance, per Italy’s Covid-19 regulations.

Mendelssohn’s Elias follows the life of the titled prophet (known as Elijah in English) according to the Old Testament books of First and Second Kings. The dramatic plot includes a resurrection of a fallen child, a vision of god, a fiery altar, and a flaming chariot. Mendelssohn composed the music to the German and English texts simultaneously. The English version was instantly declared a masterpiece after its premiere in 1846, and The German premiere was performed in Leipzig nearly two years later, occurring shortly after Mendelssohn’s passing.

The concert will be broadcast on Rai Cultura and on the radio on Rai Radio 3.

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Oratorio de Noël

A new broadcast has just been added to Mr. Bernheim’s calendar: Oratorio de Noël from the Bayerische Staatsoper. Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns in 1858, the piece was premiered in Paris for Christmas when Saint-Saëns was the  organist at La Madeleine. Mr. Bernheim performs as the tenor soloist, and is joined by Ailyn Pérez as the soprano soloist, Tara Erraught as the mezzo soloist, Okka von der Damerau as the alto soloist, and Etienne Dupuis as the Baritone soloist. Antonello Manacorda conducts. The show will be broadcast for free worldwide on December 21st and 23rd at 20:15 CET via

{This replaces Mr. Bernheim’s performances as Rodolfo in La Bohème, originally scheduled for this period, but now cancelled due to the Covid-19 regulations put in place by the German government.}

Best Male Singer of the Year (Oper! Magazin) and a Diapason d’Or

Mr. Bernheim has accumulated two more accolades this year: He has been named the 2020 Best Male Singer of the Year by Oper! Magazin and has been awarded a Diapason d’Or for his debut recording.

In their statement, Oper! Magazine claims that Mr. Bernheim’s voice is “predestined” to sing French repertoire:

“Durch die sensible Sprachbehandlung wie durch ihre metallische Durchschlagskraft und eine technisch feine voix mixte. So singt er gegenwärtig besonders den Gounod-Faust (den er berückend schön für die Aufnahme beim Label der Stiftung Palazzetto Bru Zane in der Urfassung eingespielt hat) und Massenets Des Grieux als stilvolle Offenbarung.”

[With a sensitive voice, combined with a metallic penetrating quality, Bernheim has developed a technically strong voix mixte. You can hear him sing Gounod’s Faust (the original version of which he recorded in a captivatingly beautiful way for the recording on the Palazzetto Bru Zane Foundation label) and Massenet’s Des Grieux as a stylish revelation.]

Listen to the Diapason d’Or-winning CD  here.

In addition to these two distinctions, this year Mr. Bernheim has also been named “Artiste Lyrique de l’Année” (Opera Singer of the Year) at the Les Victoires de la Musique Awards in France, and “personnalité musicale de l’année” (Musical Personality of the Year) by Le Syndicat professionnel de la critique de théâtre, musique et danse.

Teatro alla Scala Opening Gala

Mr. Bernheim joins an all-star list of opera stars to celebrate the opening of the Teatro alla Scala’s 2020/21 season, on December 7th. Although there will not be a live audience, the gala will be broadcast online and on TV, welcoming a digital, international audience. Other soloists include Rosa Feola, Vittorio Grigolo, Francesco Meli, Roberto Alagna, Ildar Abdrazakov, Marina Rebeka, Placido Domingo, Aleksandra Kurzak, Elina Garanca, Sonya Yoncheva, Andreas Schager, Jonas Kaufmann, Carlos Alvarez, Piotr Beczala, Eleonora Buratto, Marianne Crebassa, Ludovic Tezier, George Petean, Camilla Nylund, and Kristine Opolais. The gala is conducted by Riccardo Chailly, and directed by  Davide Livermore.

The show begins at 17:00 CET and can be seen on Rai 1, and listened to on RAI radio 3.

Mr. Bernheim’s previous Teatro alla Scala appearance was as Alfredo in La Traviata, opposite Marina Rebeka as Violetta.

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