Benjamin Alunni - Tenor

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Having received very early in his life a thorough musical education at the École Maîtrisienne de Grasse-Côte d’Azur, and having obtained a degree in flute, Benjamin Alunni studied singing as a baritone at the Early music department at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, spending 6 months as an Erasmus student at the Norges Musikhøgskole d’Oslo with, among others,Håkan Hagegård. Then he attended master classes with Malcolm King, Yvonne Minton, Philippe Huttenlocher and Nathalie Stutzmann and took part in the Liedforum 2006 of the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

In 2007, he joined theAcadémie Européenne d’Ambronay as a soloist, under Christophe Rousset, for whom he later sang with Les Talens Lyriques Charpentier’s Actéon and Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. Regularly hired by the Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempé, he took part all over Europe in various French Baroque programmes (among others, Versailles, Bruxelles, Barcelone, Utrecht).

Learning more about the performance of Baroque music, he sang Phantase in the revival of Lully’s Atys in 2011 under William Christie (Opéra-Comique, Bordeaux, Caen, Versailles, New York), with whom he also sang Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Edimbourg, Caen, Opéra-Comique, New York). And, alongside with Edita Gruberova, Nottingham in the finale of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Having become a tenor, he then sang the Fils in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre de La Monnaie à Bruxelles).

Passionate about contemporary music, he sang in 2012 Ulysse in Frederico Gardella’s Sirènes (Royaumont, ARCAL), then taking part 2013 in the Voix Nouvelles programme (Royaumont), for whom he created two new pieces with the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble. He sang in La Jeune fille et la Mort, a dance  by Thomas Lebrun (Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours), with whom he later created Lied Ballet in 2014 at the Festival d’Avignon, followed by a worldwide tour.

Recent roles include Alcindoro in a “young” La Bohème at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, the premiere of Désarmés – Cantique, by Alexandro Markéas, for l’ARCAL, Le Fils in Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, the Soldier in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Opéra de Dijon, as well as a project of contemporary French songs at the Festival Aix-en-Provence.   In recital, he was part of the Festival des Cultures Juives at the Archives Nationales in Paris, where he sang a selection of 20th Century songs (with piano and cello) inspired by Jewish culture (for further information, please visit: http://confluences-melodie.com/ )  and, for Spirito, he gave a recital of Debussy mélodies.  In concert, he recently appeared at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu as soloist in Haydn’s Stabat Mater.

Future plans include the world premiere of The Sleeping Thousand at the Festival Aix-en-Provence and concerts with Les Arts Florissants.

 

 

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