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Nomination for “Singer of the Year”


Benjamin Bernheim has just been nominated in two categories by the Opus Klassik Awards: “SÄNGER DES JAHRES “and “NACHWUCHSKÜNSTLER/IN.” Germany’s most prestigious Classical Music Awards, past winners include Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, and many other outstanding artists. The Bru Zane Foundation’s recording of Faust, on which Benjamin sang the title role, was also nominated in the “OPERNEINSPIELUNG”  category, and Emmanuel Villaume was nominated for “DIRIGENT/IN DES JAHRES ” for his work on Mr. Bernheim’s debut album with Deutsche Grammophon. After deliberation by the jury, the winner will be announced in October.

Online Concert


Recently invited by Deutsche Grammophon to film an exclusive online concert for their newly launched online concert streaming service, Deutsche Grammophon Stage, Mr. Bernheim, along with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson, crafted a program of French song sure to delight listeners.  The concert will be broadcast this Sunday, at 8:00 pm CET worldwide and will be available for an additional 48 hours.

Program:

Hector Berlioz: “Les nuits d’été”
1. Villanelle
2. Le spectre de la rose
3. Sur les lagunes
4. Absence
5. Au cimetière (clair de lune)
6. L’île inconnue

Henri Duparc:
La vie antérieure
Phidylé
L’invitation au voyage

Reynaldo Hahn:
L’heure exquise (No. 5 from “Chansons grises”)

Henri Duparc:
Extase

Charles Gounod:
L’absent

Tickets can be purchased here.

Le Concert de Paris


On July 14th, in celebration of Bastille Day in France, Mr. Bernheim will join his colleagues and L’Orchestre National de France, and the Maîtrise de Radio France conducted by Eun Sun Kim for the eighth annual “Le Concert de Paris.” Held under the Eiffel Tower, the event will be broadcast live both on television (France 2) and the radio (France Inter), starting at 21:05. Below is the program, which will be followed by fireworks:

Benjamin named “Personnalité Musicale de l’Année”


It has just been announced that Benjamin has been named “Personnalité Musicale de l’Année ” by l’Association Professionnelle Française de la Critique de théâtre, musique et danse. This body of French theater critics has recognized artists, groups, and performances in live theater, music and dance since 1963 which they feel have left an outstanding impression on the year. This year, Benjamin shares the honor with conductor LÉO WARYNSKI. Although the ceremony could not take place this year, the organization decided to continue to award the prizes. Benjamin released this press statement in recognition of the honor:

Summer Recitals Announced


Although several engagements have been recently cancelled in Mr. Bernheim’s schedule due to the Covid-19 outbreak, two summer recitals were recently announced! The first will be at Opernhaus Zürich on July 6th with French soprano Sabine Devieilhe. A series of both Lieder and operatic repertoire will be performed in the Zürich Opera House with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson. To adhere to health and safety guidelines, the audience size will be limited, so only a small number of tickets will be made available on June 16th, and can be purchased online here.

Mr. Bernheim is also thrilled to be participating in the limited, 100 year anniversary season of the Salzburger Festspiele. On August 19th, he will perform Hector Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, and works by Henri Duparc, Richard Strauss and Clara Schumann, again with pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson. General ticket sales will open on July 13th, and tickets can be purchased here.

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

 

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