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About Paul-Antoine

French counter-tenor Paul-Antoine Bénos-Djian is one of the most exciting young vocal talents of our time. Formerly a HSBC Révélation award-winner at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, he is a graduate of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Conservatoire de Paris.

Highlights of the 2023/24 season include singing the roles of Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea at Opéra de Rennes and Oper Köln, and Ulisse Polifemo at Opéra national du Rhin under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm. On the concert platform, he sings a Vivaldi recital with Café Zimmermann, the title role in Scarlatti’s Il Mitridate Eupatore at the Het Concertgebouw under the baton of Thibault Noally, Handel’s Messiah with Accentus and Laurence Equilbey with performances at La Seine Musicale, Opéra national du Capitole de Toulouse and Palau de la Música; a Bach recital at Bozar Brussels; and St Matthew Passion at Opéra de Rennes.

In the 2022/23 season, Paul-Antoine sang the role of Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Opéra de Rouen, Athamas Semele at Opéra de Lille with Emmanuelle Haim, Farnace Mitridate at the Staatsoper Berlin, the title role of Giulio Cesare at the Festival International de Beaune and Alessandro Tolomeo with Il Pomo d’Oro, touring to Teatro Real, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Elbphilharmonie, and Katowice.

Previous highlights include Farnace Mitridate with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre (featuring a commercial recording) at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía Valencia, Ottone Agrippina in Halle, and Marte La Divisione del mondo at Opéra Royal de Versailles, both with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, Unulfo Rodelinda at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm, the title-role in Rinaldo at Opéra de Rennes, La Voce di Deo in Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicido with Philippe Jaroussky in Salzburg, Tolomeo Guilio Cesare with English Touring Opera, as well as concerts and a recording of Purcell’s Odes (also with Le Banquet Céleste), and his debut appearance with the prestigious Comédie-Française in Paris in La nuit des rois.

Paul-Antoine is based in Paris
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23/24 Season Highlights

Oct 2023 - Oct 2023
Opéra de Rennes
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone) Damien Guillon (conductor) Ted Huffman (director)
Nov 2023 - Nov 2023
Het Concertgebouw
Scarlatti’s Il Mitridate Eupatore (Mitridate) Thibault Noally (conductor)
Feb 2024 - Mar 2024
Opéra national du Rhin
Polifemo (Ulisse) Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor) Bruno Ravella (director)