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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.

 

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.

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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 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)

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