Benjamin Bernheim – tenor
Carrie-Ann Matheson – piano
We have decided that 2024 will be defined by tenor voices. After all, the sunny heroic tenor is a hallmark of every opera performance, he sings about love, suffers, and dies for it, too. Well, who wouldn’t adore beautiful tenor voices that flow on crystal clear cantilena over the audience, to bring on the catharsis of every operatic drama with a high manly tone!
The roster of star tenors that we intend to bring to Prague next year and that we have already written you about (Jonathan Tetelman, Jonas Kaufmann, Pene Pati) now completes with another fine artist, namely the French lyrical "crème de la crème" tenor Benjamin Bernheim, "the most beautiful tenor voice since Luciano Pavarotti“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) "who sings Puccini like a dream." (BBC Music Magazine). Benjamin Bernheim will perform on 19th November 2024 in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, and you should definitely not miss his recital.
The French tenor Benjamin Bernheim added another role to his Puccini repertoire in September 2023: he performed at the Zurich Opera House in the role of Ruggero in Puccini's La rondine alongside Ermonela Jaho, whom we introduced to you in a concert in April 2019. In recent seasons he has become a regular guest artist at leading European opera houses, including La Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opéra national de Bordeaux, Royal Opera House in London, and Metropolitan Opera in New York. There, he performs in the main tenor roles of the romantic repertoire.
Benjamin Berhneim is also a highly regarded song interpreter. In August 2023, he performed in a highly acclaimed recital of French and German songs at the Salzburg Festival with and in the beginning of October, he was applauded by the sold-out La Scala, where he performed in a song recital with the pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson. He is also highly valued by audiences and critics as an actor who gives his all to his roles on stage. Benjamin himself says that when he enters the stage, he feels as if he is passing through a tunnel to another dimension, at the end of which he fully immerses into the character he portrays. That is also why he must fall in love and suffer for love 60 times a year, whether as Rodolfo in La bohème, Romeo, Le Chevalier des Grieux in Manon, Werther or Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. Each time on stages of famous opera houses around the world. And finally, in the Rudolfinum in a year!
As in La Scala, Benjamin Bernheim will be accompanied in Dvořák Hall by Carrie-Ann Matheson, who is a frequent piano partner of many famous opera singers including Roland Villazón, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczała, Diana Damrau, Thomas Hampson, and Joyce DiDonato. As of January 2024, Carrie-Ann Matheson has been working as the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program.
ERNEST CHAUSSON (1855–1899)
Poème de l’amour et de la mer
HECTOR BERLIOZ (1803–1869)
Les nuits d’été
HENRI DUPARC (1848–1933)
L’invitation au voyage
La vie antérieure
And also a few opera arias and popular French songs (i.e. Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour).
The program is under preparation.
Program is subject to change