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Opera Streaming During Covid-19


During the closure of the theaters due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, Mr. Bernheim will be featured in two operas that will be streamed online. On March 25th, at 19:30, the new production of Manon from Opéra national de Paris will be broadcast on Medici TV, and will be available for a limited amount of time following the broadcast to stream online. Starring Pretty Yende in the title role, and Ludovic Tézier as Lescaut, Benjamin makes a triumphant return to the role of Des Grieux in this Vincent Huguet production conducted by Dan Ettinger.

On March 31st, at 19:00, L’elisir d’amore will be broadcast from the Wiener Staatsoper. Recorded in 2018, Aida Garifullina sings Adina, Benjamin Bernheim sings Nemorino, and Orhan Yildiz sings Belcore. The stream is available free here.

Mr. Bernheim looks forward to performing again live as soon as it is safe to do so, and hopes that these recordings will lift the spirits of his followers and friends during this difficult period.

 

(Photo: Julien Benhamou/OnP)

Bernheim honored as “Artiste Lyrique de l’Année” at Les Victoires de la Musique


On February 21st, 2020 Mr. Bernheim was honored as Artiste Lyrique de l’Année (Opera Singer of the Year) at the Victoires de La Musique. The annual awards ceremony is broadcast live on television, and is considered the most prestigious classical music awards in France. In a rare occurrence, the trophy was also awarded to mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, who tied with Mr. Bernheim for the honor.

Mr. Bernheim discussed this award and his upcoming engagement as Des Grieux in the new production of Manon at the Opéra national de Paris the morning after the awards ceremony, as the guest on the radio station France Culture. Listen to the interview here.

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.

Watch Benjamin speak about the role of Des Grieux in this production 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, was named album of the month in April 2020 by Opera Magazine, 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.

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