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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.

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:

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