Vocalist - Bass-Baritone

Australian bass-baritone Damien Pass has been praised for his “…lovely, sonorous voice, and also a good temperament as an actor: he fully inhabits the various characters he has to assume.” (Olyrix) In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Pass returns to Arthur Lavandier's La Légende du Roi Dragon as Ministre 2, Candidat Tigre, and Garde 3 with Opéra National de Bordeaux, and sings as Pistola in Falstaff with Opéra de Lille and Spirito in L’Orfeo with Nederlandse Reisopera.

Mr. Pass’ engagements in the 2018-19 season included full productions of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht with Opéra Comique, Opéra National de Bordeaux, and Opera de Caen; the role of Lucifer in another Stockhausen opera, Samstag aus Licht, with Philharmonie de Paris; Pastor Oberlin in Rihm's Jakob Lenz with the Athénée théâtre Louis-Jouvet, Paris; and “Viaje Barroco,” a Baroque pastiche concert with Teatro Colón Bogotá. During the 2017-18 season, Mr. Pass performed the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in a return to Opéra de Dijon; La Légende du Roi Dragon with Opéra de Lille; Lucifer (Bass) in excerpts of Stockhausen's Donnerstag aus Licht with Opéra Comique, and Dédale in Jonathan Dove's Le Monstre du labyrinthe with Philharmonie de Paris.

Mr. Pass began his 2016-17 season with the opera creation Bosch Beach by composer Vasco Mendonça and librettist Dimitri Verhulst, produced by LOD muziektheater with ensemble Asko|Schönberg. The opera premiered at Concertgebouw Brugge, then went on tour, taking Mr. Pass to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Bois-le-Duc, and Bruxelles. He returned to Opéra National de Paris to sing the title role of Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino in concert with Orchestre national d'Île-de-France under the direction of Enrique Mazzola, and debuted with Scottish Opera as Colline in La bohème.

Other recent engagements include Selim in Il turco in Italia at Opéra de Dijon; Pallante in Agrippina at Theater an der Wien; Apollo in L'Orfeo at Opéra Bastille; Dédale in Le Monstre du Labyrinthe at Opéra de Lille; Borée in Rameau’s Les Boréades with Marc Minkowski and Musiciens du Louvre for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; L'Opéra Royal de Versailles and Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra; Wagner in Faust and Hunter in Rusalka with Opéra National de Paris; Barbe-bleue in Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue and Doktor in Wozzeck with Opéra de Dijon; Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne at Festival Musica Nigella; Dédale in the creation of Jonathan Dove’s new opera Le Monstre du Labyrinthe with London Symphony Orchestra at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Masetto in Don Giovanni, Lucifer in Handel’s La Resurrezione, Don Iñigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, and Frank Maurrant in Street Scene with Opéra National de Paris; Remigio in La Navarraise and Morel in Thérèse with Wexford Festival Opera, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia with Le Balcon; and the title role of Handel’s Saul at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Mr. Pass often performs chamber music and in recital, mentored through his career by Marilyn Horne, Dame Felicity Lott, Ruben Lifschitz and Malcolm Martineau. His debut album Myrthen (B Records) is a live lieder recording at Théâtre de l'Athénée in Paris.

His many awards include First Prize for Voice in the AROP Paris Opera Competition, First Prize for Voice in the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition, and HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.


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