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Damien Pass

Damien Pass

Bass-baritone

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Damien’s 2015-2016 season includes: Selim in Il Turco in Italia at the Opera de Dijon (Antonello Allemandi/ Christopher Alden), Pallante in Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien (Thomas Hengelbrock/ Robert Carsen), Apollo in Orfeo at the Opera Bastille (Geoffroy Jourdain/ Julie Berès), Dedale in Le Monstre du Labirythe at the Opera de Lille (Simon Rattle/ Marie-Eve Signeyrole) and recitals in the amphitheater of the Opera Bastille and Opera de Lille with pianist Alphonse Cemin,

 

Biography

In the season 2013-2014, Damien will cover the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) for the festival Aix-en-Provence with whom he will also create Fabian Panisello’s Monodram “L’officina della resurrezione”. He sings Remigo and Moral in a double bill of Massenet’s La Navaraise and Thésée at the Wexford festival in Ireland, Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with Le balcon at the theatre Athenée in Paris, and Masetto with Opera Toulon. Damien will appear in concert in  Les Nuits du Château de La Moutte in St Tropez, the festival of Perigord Noir, Savigny-le-Temple, the hotel des archives and Clasique aux vert in Paris. Damien came to Europe as a soloist of the Atelier Lyrique at Paris Opera from 2009-12 with whom he sang the roles of Lucifer (La Resurrezione, Handel), Don Inigo (L’heure espagnole, Ravel), Frank Maurrant (Street Scene, Weill), Lucas (Les Troqueurs, Dauvergne), and the Marquese (Mirandolina, Martinù). After leaving the Atelier Damien continued his relationship with Paris Opera singing Hermann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zuane in La Gioconda, Zweiter Nazarener (Salomé), Der Journalist (Lulu), and l’Ami (La Chute de la Maison Usher, Debussy) at the Opera Bastiile. Damien expanded his repertoire and experience singing Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande with the festival Les Journées de Ravel, Barbe-bleue in Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Dukas) and Masetto in Don Giovanni with the Opera of Dijon, Lucifero in Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Théâtre de Suresnes, appeared in concert at the Musée du Louvre, the Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra-Bastille and with the Paris Opera Orchestra at the Palais Garnier. Passionate for art song, after Damien’s Parisian recital debut with the Festival Les Journées Romantiques in 2011, he has given recitals in Paris at la Fondation Singer-Polignac, le Petit Palais, l’abbey Royaumont, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Metz, Opera de Toulon, Opera Bordeaux, Opera Soleil and Musique aux étoiles in the south of France, Flagey in Brussels, the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Côme, the Villa Medicis in Rome, the Institut Français in London and was featured in radio broadcasts with France Culture and France Musique and continues to work with  mentor Ruben Lifschitz. In 2010, Damien appeared with the Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr in Aldeburgh to sing the title role in Handel’s Saul. During his studies in America, Damien was invited as a young artist to numerous summer festivals including Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera North and the Music Academy of the West under Marilyn Horne.  He sang such roles as Marquis d’Obigny in Jonathan Miller’s production of La traviata, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Damien has worked with prestigious conductors including Marc Minkowski (Don Giovanni), Daniel Oren (La Gioconda), Tomas Netopil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Carlo Rizzi (Don Carlo), Pinchas Steinberg (Salomé), Michael Sch?nwandt (Lulu), Paul Agnew (La Resurrezione) and Guillaume Tourniaire.?A graduate of Yale School of Music (M.M. 09’) and Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. 07’), where he appeared in numerous productions singing such diverse roles as Colline in La boheme, Remigio in Massenet’s La Navarraise, Sarastro and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Bedronyi in Martinù’s Comedy on the Bridge, Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiben von Windsor, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers and his concert work include Haydn’s The Creation (Raphael), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mozart’s Requiem. Damien Pass was awarded the first prize for voice in the 2012 AROP Paris Opera Competition, first prize for Voice in the 2011 Lili and Nadia Boulanger International Voice and Piano competition, was chosen as the 2011 HSBC laureate at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, first place in the Dayton Opera Competition, Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Opera Competition and was the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. He was a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In addition, Damien was granted a specially created Sony Music Australia Talent Award and Scholarship for three consecutive years and has been awarded the Martin Bequest Traveling Scholarship.