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.

His wide-ranging musical interests led him to join the summer academies of Sablé-sur-Sarthe and Royaumont, studying with Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl and Raphaël Pichon; he has also studied German and French song with Hartmut Höll and Mireille Delunsch.  He is also gaining a reputation for his work in the world of contemporary music, singing the premiere of Philippe Raynaud’s Visage, and the first performance of a piece for three male voices by Isabelle Fraisse for Radio-France.

In 2016, he sang as a soloist with the Taylor Consort as part of Poème Harmonique’s season at the Chapelle Corneille, Rouen; he also performed Britten’s Canticles for the 34th Festival de Musique de Chambre d’Entrecasteaux, a recital at the Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe with ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro/Maxim Emelyanichev, and a song recital for the Jeunes Talents season at the Petit Palais in Paris.  In June 2017, he was invited to take part in a Mozart residency at the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, where he was named among the 2017 HSBC Révélation award-winners.  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.

In 2017 and 2018, he sang the title role in a major touring production of Rinaldo across France to great critical acclaim, alongside performances of the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Nice Cathedral with Café Zimmermann and a series of Bach’s St Matthew Passion concerts with La Chapelle Rhénane.  More recently, he has sung Hail, Bright Cecilia with Le Poème Harmonique, Unulfo Rodelinda at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée, the title role in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista with Le Banquet Céleste (with a CD recording due out shortly), Clerio in Cavalli’s Erismena with Leonardo García Alarcon in St-Denis, Marte in Legrenzi’s La divisione del mondo at the Opéra Royal de Versailles with Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques, and played a major part in an extremely successful run of Shakespeare’s La Nuit des Rois (Twelfth Night) at la Comédie Française in Paris.

Amongst his forthcoming projects, he will sing Ottone Agrippina with Christophe Rousset/Les Talens Lyriques in Halle, the St John Passion with La Chapelle Rhénane, Nireno Giulio Cesare with Opera North, as well as revivals of both Erismena in Lisbon and further performances of La Nuit des Rois in Paris.



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