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Manon at Opéra national de Paris


Hailed as the “ideal” (Opéra Magazine) Des Grieux when he debuted the role last season at Opéra national de Bordeaux, Mr. Bernheim returns to the Opéra national de Paris for the second time this season in a new production of Manon. Bernheim also opened his season in Paris as Alfredo in La Traviata, singing opposite Pretty Yende in the title role, and Ludovic Tézier as Germont. The same team is reassembled for this cast, with Yende singing Manon and Tézier Lescaut. Dan Ettinger conducts, while French director Vincent Huguet directs this new production.

Bernheim recorded arias from both operas on his debut album with Deutsche Grammophon, which has been received with enthusiasm since its November 2019 release. Listen to him sing the aria Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (Le rêve) live at the Yellow Lounge in Berlin here.

The run includes nine performances (with this cast), from February 29th to April 10th.

Tickets and additional information can be found here.

Recital at Opernhaus Zürich


In February, Mr. Bernheim performs in recital with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson at the Opernhaus Zürich.  A program of songs in French, German and English, he will be debuting several pieces, perhaps most notably several by Strauss. The full program can be found below, and tickets and additional information can be found here.

 

Clara Schumann

Liebst du um Schönheit Op. 12. No. 4.      (Rückert)

Warum willst du and’re fragen Op. 12 Nr.11.  (Rückert)

Sie liebten sich beide Op. 13 nr 2    (Heine)

Ich stand in dunklen Träumen Op. 13 Nr 1.       (Heine)

Hector Berlioz

Les nuits d’été Op. 7 (Gautier)

Villanelle

Le spectre de la rose

Sur les lagunes

Absence

Au cimetière

L’île inconnue

Henri Duparc

L’invitation au voyage. (Baudelaire)

La Vie antérieure (Baudelaire)

Richard Strauss

Befreit      Op. 39. No. 4 (Dehmel)

Heimliche Aufforderung Op 27, no 3              (Mackay)

Morgen!   Op. 10. No. 2 (Mackay)

Cäcilie     Op. 27. No. 2 (Hart)

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Silent Noon (from The House of Life) (Rossetti)

Frank Bridge

Love went A-Riding (Coleridge)

Two Productions at the Staatsoper Berlin


Benjamin Bernheim returns to the Staatsoper Berlin in two of his highly praised roles, first as Rodolfo in La Boheme, and then as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata. Both roles are staples of his repertoire; he began his season with La Traviata at the Opéra de Paris, and will also perform the role at the Wiener Staatsoper this season, and he sings Rodolfo this season in the Klaus Guth production at the Opéra de Paris and at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In La Boheme, Rodolfo’s Mimi is sung by Eleonora Buratto and is under the direction of Alexander Soddy. In La Traviata, Alfredo’s Violetta is sung by Zuzana Markova and is under the direction of Thomas Guggeis. Puccini’s La Boheme will be performed 22, 26 December, 3, 8 January; Verdi’s La Traviata will be performed 16, 19 January.

You can hear Mr. Bernheim perform arias from this roles on his debut CD, now available on Deutsche Grammophon.

La Bohème: https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/de/veranstaltungen/la-boheme.24/#event-32527

La Traviata: https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/de/veranstaltungen/la-traviata.8/#event-32523

 

Praise for Debut Album


Benjamin Bernheim’s debut album has received glowing reviews since its release on November 8th, 2019, and was included as one of the “The 100 best records of the year” by The Times.

“…you believe you are hearing some of the well-known arias for the first time,” and “The most beautiful tenor voice since Luciano Pavarotti.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

“the new star tenor”
Diapason

“confirmation of an amazing talent”
Opéra Magazine

“…an exceptional voice: round, warm, free and extremely powerful.”
Le Parisien

“Pure enchantment.”
– Classica

“magnificent debut CD”
Frankfürter Allgemein

It has also been awarded: a Diapason d’or, a Choc de Classica, Diamant by Opéra Magazine, “Album of the Week” by The Sunday Times and BR Klassik, “Album of the Month” by Mezzo TV, has been nominated by the International Opera Awards as best Solo Recording of 2019, and was named as one of the albums best albums of 2019 by Le Monde. 

 

Order your copy of the album, or listen to it on your preferred streaming platform here.

Concert in Bordeaux


Benjamin Bernheim returns to Bordeaux, after his success as Des Grieux in Manon, this time in concert, on November 27. A selection of arias from his recently released debut album will be featured, along with duets with soprano Adriana Gonzalez.  The Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine joins him at the Auditorium de l’Opéra de Bordeaux under the baton of Oleksandr Yankevych.

PROGRAM:

La Forza del Destino / Verdi
Ouverture

Lucia di Lammermoor / Donizetti
« Tombe degli avi miei »
Benjamin Bernheim

Carmen / Bizet
«Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante.. »
Adriana Gonzalez

Roméo et Juliette / Gounod
« Ah lève toi, soleil ! »
Benjamin Bernheim

L’Elisir d’Amore / Donizetti
« Una parola…Esulti pur la barbara »
Benjamin Bernheim et Adriana Gonzalez

Eugène Oneguine Tchaikovski
Polonaise
« Kuda, Kuda… »
Benjamin Bernheim

La Damnation de Faust / Berlioz
« Nature immense »
Benjamin Bernheim

Cavalleria Rusticana / Mascagni
Intermezzo

Roméo et Juliette / Gounod
« Va, je t’ai pardonné »
Benjamin Bernheim et Adriana Gonzalez

Tickets and additional information here.

Debut as Duca at the Bayerische Staatsoper


Particularly known for his interpretation of Italian and French roles, Benjamin Bernheim’s debut as Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at the Bayerische Staatsoper is highly anticipated. As the lecherous and debouched Duke, Bernheim plays against Ludovic Tezier as Rigoletto and Erin Morley as Gilda. The first in Verdi’s popular operatic trilogy, Rigoletto has been likened to Shakespearean tragedy. The story of Rigoletto revolves around the libertine Duke and his hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, whose daughter Gilda falls under a tragic curse, which, in true operatic form, has an equally tragic outcome. As director Arpad Schilling says, Verdi is “…able to tell a story in such a way that it shivers.” As will our spines certainly shiver as we listen to Bernheim’s interpretation of debauchery and licentiousness. November 7, 10, 13

Tickets and additional information here.

Listen to Benjamin sing Duca’s aria, included on his soon to be released debut album, here.

Recital in Evian at La Grange au Lac


Following his highly acclaimed performances as Alfredo in La traviata at the Opéra national de Paris, Mr. Bernheim explores the recital format at La Grange au Lac in Evian, France, as part of the series Voix d’automne. He will perform works from his new album as well as singing Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été for the first time. The full program includes:

BERLIOZ Les Nuits d’été
BERLIOZ « Nature Immense » extrait de la Damnation de Faust (air de Faust)
GOUNOD « L’amour, oui son ardeur » extrait de Roméo et Juliette (air de Roméo)
MASSENET « En fermant les yeux » extrait de Manon (air de Des Grieux)
TCHAÏKOVSKI « Kuda, kuda » extrait d’Eugène Onéguine (air de Lenski)

The recital is performed with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, conducted by Nicolas Chalvin, and will be broadcast live on Radio Classique.

Tickets and additional information are available here.

Pre-order for debut album and release date


Benjamin Bernheim’s eagerly awaited debut album with Deutsche Grammophon is now available for pre-order, ahead of its release on November 9th. The first track off the album, “De’miei bolenti spiriti” is also now available on your preffered streaming platform.

pre-order here.

New Production of La Traviata at Opéra national de Paris


With “pin sharp” diction and his unique interpretation of the role, Benjamin Bernheim returns to Palais Garnier in Paris as Alfredo Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. Abandoning the predictable swagger of a Latin romancer, Bernheim humanizes Alfredo as a sincere and fervent—if initially insecure—lover. Rather than bluster and bravado, we are treated to tender resolve, the exuberance of newfound passion, and the wreck and ruin of heartbreak as this remarkable tenor manages sustained vocal lines that are evocative as well as beautiful. As Alfredo, Bernheim joins the dazzling Pretty Yonde as Violetta, and performs under the baton of Michele Mariotti, who has achieved pre-eminence in bel canto opera.

September 12, 15,21,24, 28 and October 1,4.

Tickets and additional information are available here.

Faust recording


A live recording of the 1859 version of Gounod’s Faust will be released on August 23rd, as part of the Palazzetto Bru Zane project. The recording was captured in June 2018 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris with Mr. Bernheim in the title role. Marguerite is sung by Véronique Gens, while Andrew Foster-Williams performs Méphistophélès, and Jean-Sébastien Bou sings Valentin. This never before recorded version of Gounod’s masterpiece includes spoken dialogue and several different musical numbers including: Méphistophélès’ aria “Maître Scarabée, ”the trio of Faust/Wagner/Siebel “À l’étude ô mon maître”, the duet of Valentin/Marguerite “Adieu, mon bon frère!”, Siebel’s romance “Versez vos chagrins dans mon âme!” the witches’ chorus “Un deux et trois,” and Valentin’s aria with chorus “Chaque jour, nouvelle affaire.”

Mr. Bernheim’s performance in the role has been praised as “exemplairy” with a “stunning timbre” and “elegant phrasing” (Online Merker). 

The CD can be purchased here.

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