French tenor Benjamin Bernheim’s recent seasons have established him as a regular guest artist at Europe’s leading opera houses, including the Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra national de Bordeaux and the Royal Opera House in London where he performs leading tenor roles from the romantic repertoire. Garnering high praise with both his performances and his debut album, he has been hailed as “The most beautiful tenor voice since Luciano Pavarotti” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and “the new star tenor” by Diapason. In 2020, he was named “Artiste Lyrique de l’Année” (Opera Singer of the Year) at the Les Victoires de la Musique Awards in France, “personnalité musicale de l’année” (Musical Personality of the Year) by Le Syndicat professionnel de la critique de théâtre, musique et danse, Singer of the Year by Oper! Magazin, and “Nachwuchskünstler” (Newcomer of the year) by Opus Klassik. The same year, his debut album was also awarded a “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason, and was named a “Choc de Classica” by Classica.
Mr. Bernheim’s 2021/22 season brings him to prestigious venues including the Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra national de Paris, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu among others. He makes four exciting role debuts beginning with the title role in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Staatsoper Hamburg. Mr. Bernheim then returns to the role of the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. This is followed by his highly-praised interpretation of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème as he returns to the Wiener Staatsoper. Also included in his 2021/22 season are his long-awaited debuts in the title role of Massenet’s Werther at the Opéra national de Bordeaux, followed by Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth and Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor both at the Opernhaus Zürich. 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 performs in recital the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as part of the Les Grandes Voix recital series, in Valencia, and at the Wiener Konzerthaus, where he makes his Viennese recital debut.
Previous highlights include Rodolfo in La bohème at the Opéra national de Paris, Opernhaus Zürich, Royal Opera House (London), Staatsoper Berlin, and Wiener Staatsoper, Des Grieux in Manon at the Opéra national de Paris and Opéra national de Bordeaux, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lensky in Eugene Onegin at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alfredo in La traviata at the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House (London), Opernhaus Zürich, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Opéra national de Bordeaux and the Staatsoper Berlin, Faust (title role) at the Opéra national de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and at the Latvian National Opera, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Wiener Staatsoper.
On the concert stage, he has performed recitals at the Salzburg Festival, Opéra national de Bordeaux, La Grange au Lac, Opernhaus Zürich, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Théâtre du Capitole, Gulbenkian Orchestra Main Hall, and L’instant Lyrique in Paris, and in Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elias, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, his debut album was released in 2019 to outstanding reviews. “You believe you are hearing some of the well-known arias for the first time,” raved the Süddeutsche Zeitung, while Le Monde effused “ a sumptuous voice, fiery sensitivity, and poetic musicality.”
Benjamin Bernheim studied with Gary Magby at the Lausanne Conservatoire, participated in masterclasses with Giacomo Aragall, attended Carlo Bergonzi’s Accademia Verdiana in Busseto, and was a young artist at the Opernhaus Zürich.