French tenor Benjamin Bernheim has been heralded as “…the major French lyric tenor the opera world is longing for ” (Chicago Tribune) with a distinctive voice that is “flawless and pure, ranging from delicate pianissimo to heroic fortissimo as required” (Opera News). His recent debuts at the Chicago Lyric Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Royal Opera House in London have caught the attention of critics and audiences alike as he tackles the staples of the romantic tenor repertoire.
Mr. Bernheim begins his 2018/19 season at the Opernhaus Zürich, where he reprises the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, he performs in Verdi’s Requiem, under the baton of Antonio Pappano, and returns later in the season to sing Alfredo in La Traviata. He performs twice in his native France, once in recital in Paris in the autumn, and at the Opéra national de Bordeaux in the spring, when he debuts the role of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. In Vienna, at the Staatsoper, he performs Rodolfo in La bohème, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He returns to La Scala in February, as he once again sings the role of Alfredo. His season concludes at the Opernhaus Zürich with his role debut as Ismaele in Nabucco.
Engagements in the 2017/18 season included Benjamin’s Royal Opera House (London) debut as Rodolfo in La bohème, his debut as Alfredo La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, Rodolfo at the Opéra national de Paris, his North American debut in Faust (title role) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Faust in concert at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and his house and role debut as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Vienna State Opera. He finished his triumphant season with a return to the Opernhaus Zürich as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Previous highlights include Rodolfo in La bohème for Opernhaus Zürich, Lensky in Eugene Onegin at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rodolfo at the Semperoper Dresden, and his debut in the title role in Faust at the Latvian National Opera. In addition, he has performed in multiple productions at the Salzburg Easter, Pentecost and Summer Festivals including Agenore in Il Re Pastore by Mozart, Eginhard in Fierrabras by Schubert, Nicias in Thaïs by Massenet and Cassio in Otello by Verdi.
Benjamin Bernheim studied with Gary Magby at the Lausanne Conservatoire, participated in masterclasses with Giacomo Aragall, and attended Carlo Bergonzi’s Accademia Verdiana in Busseto.