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 (recorded for release shortly) with Le Banquet Céleste, Ottone Agrippina and Marte La Divisione del mondo with Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset, 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.

Future plans include Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Tolomeo Guilio Cesare with English Touring Opera and reprises of Erismena in Lisbon as Idraspe/Erineo, La Nuit des rois at La Comédie Française and San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste.

 

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.  Concertclassic.com, January 2018

For Rinaldo, La Cooperative