Biography

Australian bass-baritone, Damien Pass, described as “a force to be reckoned with”, “moving” ,“brimming with comedy” with a “dark and striking voice…magnificent presence”  is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. He has received many awards, including 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 and was named an HSBC Laureate of the Festival Aix-en-Provence for 2011.

Damien Pass came to Europe as a soloist of the Atelier Lyrique at Paris Opera from 2009-12, with whom he sang Lucifer in Handel’s La Resurrezione, Don Inigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, Frank Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, Lucas in Dauvergne’s Les troqueurs, and the Marquese in Martinu’s Mirandolina. With Paris Opera he sang Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Zuàne in La Gioconda, Zweiter Nazarener in Salomé, Der Journalist in Lulu, and l’Ami in Debussy’s La chute de la maison Usher at Opéra Bastille.

Other engagements include: Borée in Rameau’s Les Boreades with Marc Minkowski and the Musiciens du Louvre for the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Opera Versailles, Grenoble and the Warsaw Philharmonic, Wagner in Faust (Plasson/Vesperini) and Hunter in Rusalka (Hrůša/Carsen), both with Opera National de Paris; Doktor in Wozzeck (Pomarico/Anglade) with Opera de Dijon; Apollo in Handel’s Daphne e Apollo (Musiciens du Louvre) at the Festival Musica Nigella, Dedale in the creation of Jonathan Dove’s new Opera Le Monstre du Labyrinthe with the LSO (Rattle/Signeyrole) for the Festival Aix-en-Provence , Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande (Festival Les Journées de Ravel), Barbe-bleue in Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Opera de Dijon) Masetto in Don Giovanni (Paris Opera, Opera de Dijon, Opera de Toulon, Wuppertal Oper), Remigio in La Navarraise and Morel in Thérese (Wexford Festival), Junius in The Rape of Lucretia (Theatre Athénée/Le Balcon) and the title role of Handel’s Saul (Aldeburgh Festival).

During the 2015/2016 season, Damien performed the title role of 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), in concert Be With Me Now  for the Aix-en-Provence Festival at La Monnaie in Bruxelles and recitals in the amphitheater of the Opera Bastille and Opera de Lille with pianist Alphonse Cemin.

In 2016/2017, Damien will begin his season this summer with an opera creation “Bosch Beach” of composer Vasco Mendonça and librettist Dimitri Verhulst produced by LOD muziektheater with the ensemble Asko Schönberg (E. Siebens / K. Verdonck). The premier with take place in the Concertgebouw in Bruges then the opera with be on tour taking Damien to Amsterdam, Frankfurt (Mousonturm), Lisbon (Maria Matos), Bois-le-Duc and to Bruxelles (Kaaitheater). He is then returning to Paris Opera to sing the title role in a semi staged concert version of Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino with the French National Orchestra of Ile-de-France under the direction of Enrique Mazzola.  He will return to one of the first roles he ever sang as a student, Colline in La Bohème, in his debut for Scottish Opera (S. Straford / Barbe et Doucet) opening at the Royal Theater in Glasgow then to His Majesty’s Theater in Aberdeen, the Festival Theater in Edinburgh and finally Eden Court in Inverness.

Damien is also passionate for chamber music and recital, mentored through his career by Marilyn Horne, Dame Felicity Lott, Ruben Lifschitz and Malcolm Martineau. He has been invited to such performance venues as the auditorium of the Louvre Museum, the amphitheater of the Opera Bastille, the Musée d’Orsay with Dame Felicity Lott, the Petit Palais, Hotel Soubise, Foundation Singer-Polignac in Paris, the festival Aix-en-Provence…His debut album Myrthen for the label B records is a live lieder recording at the Athénée Theater in Paris with soprano Léa Trommenschlager and the pianist Alphonse Cemin.

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