Debut Album Is Released

Benjamin Bernheim’s debut album has been released today, November 8th on Deutsche Grammophon, and the first reviews are out.

“you believe you are hearing some of the well-known arias for the first time,”
– Süddeutsche Zeitung

“the new star tenor”
– Diapason

It has also been awarded a Diapason d’or, and a Choc de Classica, and “Album of the Week” by The Sunday Times

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

Role Debut as Ismaele at Opernhaus Zürich

As Ismaele, Benjamin Bernheim makes his role debut in Nabucco at Opernhaus Zürich, adding yet another Verdi role to his repertoire. In this story of Hebrew subjugation, the chorus of slaves implores with longing for basic human freedom, singing the famous Va, pensiero.  Conductor Fabio Luise, keeps passions urgent.

A case where art imitates life, the opera Nabucco catapulted to high acclaim as it was understood to mirror the political turmoil of Verdi’s Italy. Frankly, Verdi felt it was Nabucco that fully launched his fame and place in the opera world. As an ardent story of human suffering and emancipation, Nabucco resonates with anyone seeking justice where it is found lacking. Bernheim joins Michael Volle as Nabucco, Anna Smirnova as Abigail, and Georg Zeppenfeld as Zaccaria in this new Andreas Homoki production.

Dates include June 23, 26, 29 and July 2,5,9 and 12, and tickets are available here.

Tenor Benjamin Bernheim joins celebrated soprano Ermonela Jaho in concert at the spectacular Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, Spain on April 27th. Selections include arias from Verdi and Massenet, among others. In particular, the Saint-Sulpice duet from Massenet’s Manon promises to stun as these two artists combine in a formidable presentation of pathos and passion, as both Bernheim and Jaho have been hailed for their superb interpretations of Des Grieux and Manon respectively. The experienced baton of Alain Guingal directs this concert with a knowing touch. Presented by the Opera Oviedo, this concert is certain to delight all senses.

Tickets and additional information here.

Benjamin Bernheim signs exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon

“… the major French lyric tenor the opera world is longing for.” Chicago Tribune

  • Bernheim’s debut DG album, recorded with the Prague Philharmonia and its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume, to be released in autumn 2019

Deutsche Grammophon is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive long-term contract with Benjamin Bernheim. The 33-year-old French lyric tenor has already secured his international reputation as one of the leading tenors of the new generation of singers.

Bernheim will launch his relationship with DG with an album of French, Italian and Russian arias. Scheduled for worldwide release in autumn 2019, it will capture his interpretations of the classic young tenor roles, featuring works by many of the composers central to his operatic repertoire, including Gounod, Massenet, Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

“Opera has the power to touch people’s souls and enrich their lives, and I’m happy that I’ll be able to reach a broader audience worldwide in partnership with DG,” says Bernheim. “I’m delighted to have recorded my first DG album with the Prague Philharmonia and Emmanuel Villaume, exploring a range of roles that suit my voice so well right now.”

Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, welcomed Bernheim to the Yellow Label. “Benjamin owns much more than a sublime voice,” he notes. “He is always searching for those vital elements that lie beneath the music’s surface, demonstrating a combination of intuition and empathy as well as technical mastery. We’re determined to introduce this remarkable young star to a large new audience, and show why he’s in such high demand at the world’s leading opera companies.”

Valérie Gross, DG’s A&R Director Vocal & Opera Productions, added, “He’s got it all: voice, charisma, looks and an uncanny ability to communicate with people – watch out for this exceptional singer!”

Benjamin Bernheim was born in Paris in 1985. After studying in Lausanne, he joined Zurich Opera’s Opera Studio in 2008, returning to the company two years later as a member of its renowned ensemble. He is now in demand in leading roles at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, having sung Rodolfo (La bohème) at Covent Garden, the Opéra de Paris and the Vienna Staatsoper; Alfredo (La traviata) at La Scala, Milan, Berlin Staatsoper and Zurich Opera; Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) at the Vienna Staatsoper; Lenski (Eugene Onegin) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; and the title role in Faust at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. He has also appeared in several productions at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer festivals. He began this season by reprising the role of Rodolfo in Zurich, and then went on to give his first performance of the Verdi Requiem at Covent Garden, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. He makes his highly anticipated role debut as Des Grieux in Manon at Opéra national de Bordeaux on 5 April, and debuts the role of Ismaele in Nabucco in Zurich in June. This season has also brought great critical acclaim, including this review for his appearance as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Vienna Staatsoper: “With his warm, golden-toned tenor and wonderful stage presence he showed … why he is known as one of the most interesting tenors of our day” (Die Presse). In December 2018, he was named a Rolex Testimonee.

In the 2019-20 season Bernheim will return to the Opéra de Paris as Alfredo and Des Grieux in new productions of La traviata and Manon respectively. He will also make his role and house debut as the Duke in Rigoletto at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, with other highlights of the coming season including his appearances in La Bohème in Munich and Paris and La traviata at both the Berlin and the Vienna Staatsoper.

Role debut as Des Grieux in ‘Manon’

Opéra national de Bordeaux welcomes Benjamin Bernheim in Massenet’s Manon in April 2019, as he makes his highly anticipated role debut as the Chevalier Des Grieux. Considered an opera comique, Manon is a five-act performance that covers universal themes of love, both pure and unrequited, and the conflict that comes with impulse and desire. At the Grand-Théâtre in Bordeaux, this piece is interpreted by famed French director Olivier Py. Marc Minkowsky weaves magic with baton and punctuates the score with his usual panache, as American soprano Nadine Sierra sings the title role, and French baritone Alexandre Duhamel sings Lescaut. A discussion on the opera will be given on April 2nd at the opera house, and a lunch conference on the 4th to prepare the audience for this beloved masterpiece. Ben assumes the role of Chevalier Des Grieux on April 5, 8, 10 and 14.

Tickets and additional information are available here.

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