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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.

 

Elias


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.

For more information, please click here.

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 www.staatsoper.tv.

{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.

Debut Album Awarded a Choc de Classica 2020


Mr. Bernheim has been awarded yet another accolade this year, this time by the French classical music magazine Classica. Each year, the publication selects 15 recordings that they found to be exceptional, and Mr. Bernheim’s album was part of their selection of “Chocs de Classica” this year. The magazine lauded:

“On ne sait quoi admirer le plus, d l’élégance contante du phrasé, du charme immédiat de la voix, de la perfection de la diction, des aigus glorieux ou des nuances infinies sans jamais que le timbre ne se décolore. A six extraits italiens répondent six airs d’opéras français, tous plus magnifiques les uns que les autres…une des voix les plus formidables ayant émergé ces dernières années sur la scène lyrique.”

[We do not know what to admire the most, the consistent elegance of the phrasing, the obvious charm of the voice, the perfection of the diction, the glorious highs or the infinite nuances without ever loosing the color of the timbre. Six Italian tracks respond to six arias from French operas, each more magnificent than the next … one of the most formidable voices to have emerged in recent years on the operatic scene.]

A complete listing of the Chocs de Classica 2020, as well as a CD features tracks from each album is available as part of the Classica November issue.

Mr. Bernheim’s album on Deutsche Grammophon is available to stream or purchase here.

Recitals in Paris, Luxembourg and Luzern


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»
«Phidylé»
«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)
«L’Absent»

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
«Voyage à Paris» (Banalités N° 4)

Opus Klassik Award Winner


Benjamin has added yet another award to his collection this year: an Opus Klassik Award. The winners of this prestigious German award have just been announced today, following the Opus Klassik press conference. The French tenor was honored with the “Newcomer of the Year” award for his debut album with Deutsche Grammophon. This is the third awards he has received this year, having been honored as 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. In a personal statement on social media, Benjamin thanks conductor Emmanuel Villaume, the PKFPrague Philharmonia, his management team and Deutsche Grammophon for all of their work on his debut recording.

Listen to Benjamin’s award winning debut album here.

Last Alfredo at Opéra national de Bordeaux


After performing the role of Alfredo in La Traviata in Paris and Berlin last season, Benjamin Bernheim will return to one of his favorite roles for the last time at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, alongside soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen – she will make her long-awaited debut in the role of Violetta – in a new production conducted by the music director Paul Daniel and directed by Pierre Rambert. The opera based on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas tells the story of a love story made impossible by social conventions mixed with the recurring theme of redemption, both spiritually and physically.

Don’t miss Benjamin Bernheim’s last Alfredo on September 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 at Opéra National de Bordeaux. Tickets are available here.

Salzburger Festspiele Recital


Although the Salzburger Festspiele was forced to perform at a reduced capacity due to the pandemic, Benjamin Bernheim’s recital with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson was maintained, although the date was changed. This August 19th, he will be performing a song recital at the Haus für Mozart. Featuring repertoire in both French and German, the program can be found below. Additional information is available here.

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