Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian - Counter-Tenor

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Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian started singing at the age of 10 with Opéra Junior in Montpellier. After studying percussion and obtaining a degree in Public Law, he studied at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles before entering the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied with Yves Sotin.   Whilst still a student, he was chosen to sing with conductors Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet and Florence Malgoire in major venues: the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Royal and Chapelle Royale in Versailles, the Arsenal in Metz, Opéra d’Avignon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Massy, the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the Universities of Lafayette and Bâton Rouge in the United States.

He has also sung as a soloist with Raphaël Pichon, Emmanuelle Haïm, Benoit Haller, Christophe Coin and Philippe Pierlot. Early career highlights included his operatic debut as Athamas in Semele, performances of Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire and working alongside the ballerina Ana Yepes in the Festival d’Automne at the Centre National de la Danse. He has also worked with well-known ensembles Les Cris de Paris, Les Lunaisiens, Les Musiciens du Paradis, La Tempesta, and Les Cyclopes.

In 2017, he was named among the 2017 HSBC Révélation award-winners at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Paul Antoine has also received an award from the Fondation Meyer and won the Prix Grand-Avignon at the first running of the Concours Jeunes Espoirs at the Opéra d’Avignon.

More recently, he has sung Unulfo Rodelinda at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm, the title role in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste, Ottone Agrippina and Marte La Divisione del mondo with Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset, Tolomeo Guilio Cesare with English Touring Opera and the title role in a major touring production of Rinaldo with La Co[opéra]tive, as well as making his UK debut with Opera North as Nireno Guilio Cesare.

He has also performed in concert with, amongst others, Le Poème Harmonique, Café Zimmerman and La Chapelle Rhénane. In theatre, 2018/19 saw his debut at La Comédie Française in Paris, singing in performances of La Nuit des rois (Twelfth Night), also to be released on film (and revived on stage in 2020).

December 2020 saw him record the role of Farnace in Mitridate with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, with a concert performance at the Palau Les Artes Reina Sofia in Valencia.  Future plans include Ottone L’incoronazione di PoppeaNireno Giulio CesareLa Voce di Deo in Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicido with Philippe Jaroussky, concert performances of Caligula with Le Poème Harmonique and a reprise of San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste and Damien Guillon (recently recorded and released to great critical acclaim).

Côté distribution, ce Rinaldo parvient au sans faute. Dans le rôle-titre, le contre-ténor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian – vraie révélation du spectacle – possède un instrument remarquable de souplesse, d’agilité et de justesse  ; il compose un personnage infiniment séduisant, à la fois fougueux et sensible, osant une part de fragilité aussi., January 2018

For Rinaldo, La Cooperative