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Benjamin Bernheim Partners with Carrie-Ann Matheson to Celebrate French Song

A month ahead of his highly anticipated Salzburg debut with “Les nuits d’été”, Benjamin Bernheim performs Berlioz’s cycle on DG Stage alongside songs by Duparc, Gounod and Hahn, accompanied on the piano by Carrie-Ann Matheson. Hailed by critics as “the major French lyric tenor the opera world is longing for”, Bernheim shows how at home he is in his native repertoire.

Hector Berlioz: “Les nuits d’été” – 1. Villanelle, 2. Le spectre de la rose, 3. Sur les lagunes, 4. Absence, 5. Au cimetière (clair de lune), 6. L’île inconnue
Henri Duparc: La vie antérieure, Phidylé, L’invitation au voyage
Reynaldo Hahn: L’heure exquise (No. 5 from “Chansons grises”)
Henri Duparc: Extase
Charles Gounod: L’absent


Biography of Carrie-Ann Matheson:

Carrie-Ann Matheson enjoys a multi-faceted career as pianist, conductor and educator.  A native of Canada, Ms. Matheson began her career at the Metropolitan Opera, where she was a tenured member of the full-time music staff as assistant conductor, prompter and pianist. In 2014 she was invited by General Music Director Fabio Luisi to join the staff at Opernhaus Zurich, which led to the expansion of her performing career in Europe. Especially in demand as a recital pianist, she has performed with many of the world’s most renowned opera singers, including Rolando Villazón, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczala, Benjamin Bernheim, Diana Damrau, Barbara Bonney and Joyce DiDonato.

Upcoming performances in the 2020/21 season include recitals with Joyce DiDonato at the Festival de El Escorial, Festival de Santander, and the virtual Metropolitan Opera recital series, with Benjamin Bernheim at the Salzburger Festspiele, Le Festival de Paris and Philharmonie de Luxembourg, and with Pene Pati as part of Les grandes voix recital series with performances at Salle Gaveau in Paris and at the Opéra national de Bordeaux.

In addition to her work with opera singers, she has performed in chamber music concerts with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Zürich. Ms. Matheson assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Gianandrea Noseda, before making her conducting debut in 2015 at Opernhaus Zürich, where she has conducted works such as La Finta Giardiniera, Don Pasquale and Iphigénie en Tauride, among others.

Ms. Matheson has also been engaged by prominent festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele and the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.

Passionate about nurturing the next generation of opera singers, Ms. Matheson devotes a portion of her time to the development of emerging artists, working with artists of the Lindemann Young Artist Program (The Metropolitan Opera), the International Opera Studio (Opernhaus Zürich), the Lyric Opera of Chicago Ryan Opera Center, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute, and the Mariinsky Theatre Atkins Young Artist Program. In addition, she coaches students as part of her private studio, and stays connected with the community of young opera professionals via her active social media presence (@carrieannmatheson).

Ms. Matheson holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island (B.Mus.Ed), the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.Mus in Collaborative Piano) and the Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies Diploma in Vocal Accompanying).