Vocalist - Bass-Baritone

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 is a recipient of many awards, including the First Prize for Voice in the 2012 AROP Paris Opera Competition, First Prize for Voice in the 2011 Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition, and was named an HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for 2011.  

During the 2017-18 season, Mr. Pass performed the Four Villains in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in a return to Opéra de Dijon; Ministre 2/Candidat Tigre /Garde 3 in Lavandier's 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 at the Philharmonie de Paris.  The 2018-19 season will begin with full productions of Donnerstag aus Licht with Opéra Comique, Opéra de Bordeaux, and Opera de Caen, as well as singing Lucifer in another Stockhausen opera, Samstag aus Licht, with the Philharmonie de Paris. Mr. Pass goes on to perform Pastor Oberlin in Rihm's Jakob Lenz with the Athénée théâtre Louis-Jouvet, 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 (E. Siebens/K. Verdonck). The opera premiered at Concertgebouw Brugge then went on tour, taking Damien to Amsterdam, Frankfurt (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm), Lisbon (Teatro Maria Matos), Bois-le-Duc, and to Bruxelles (Kaaitheater). He then returned to Opéra National de Paristo sing the title role in a semi staged concert of Rossini’s Il signor Bruschino with Orchestre national d'Île-de-France under the direction of Enrique Mazzola.  He also returned to one of the first roles he ever sang, Colline in La bohème for his Scottish Opera debut (S. Stratford/Barbe et Doucet) which opened at the Royal Theater in Glasgow, then at His Majesty’s Theater in Aberdeen, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, and finally Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. 

During the 2015-16 season, Damien performed the title role of Selim in Il turco in Italia at Opéra de Dijon (Antonello Allemandi/Christopher Alden), Pallante in Agrippina at Theater an der Wien (Thomas Hengelbrock/Robert Carsen), Apollo in L'Orfeo at Opéra Bastille (Geoffroy Jourdain/Julie Berès), Dédale in Le Monstre du Labyrinthe at Opéra de Lille (Simon Rattle/Marie-Ève Signeyrole), in concert Be With Me Now for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence at Bruxelles’ Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, and recitals in the amphitheater of Opéra Bastille and Opéra de Lille with pianist Alphonse Cemin.  

Other engagements include: 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 (Plasson/Vesperini) and Hunter in Rusalka (Hrůša/Carsen) with Opéra National de Paris; Doktor in Wozzeck (Pomarico/Anglade) with Opéra de Dijon; Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne (Musiciens du Louvre) at Festival Musica Nigella, Dédale in the creation of Jonathan Dove’s new opera Le Monstre du Labyrinthe with London Symphony Orchestra (Rattle/Signeyrole) at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande (Les journées Ravel de Montfort L'Amaury), Barbe-bleue in Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Opéra de Dijon), Masetto in Don Giovanni (Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Toulon, Opernhaus Wuppertal), Remigio in La Navarraise and Morel in Thérèse (Wexford Festival Opera), Junius in The Rape of Lucretia (Théâtre de l'Athénée-Louis-Jouvet/Le Balcon) and the title role of Handel’s Saul (Aldeburgh Festival).  

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 Opéra Bastille, the Musée d’Orsay with Dame Felicity Lott, the Petit Palais, Hôtel de Soubise, Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence…His debut album Myrthen for the label B records is a live lieder recording at Théâtre de l'Athénée in Paris with soprano Léa Trommenschlager and the pianist Alphonse Cemin.

Damien Pass came to Europe as soloist for Atelier Lyrique at Opéra National de Paris from 2009-12, with whom he sang Lucifer in Handel’s La Resurrezione, Don Iñigo in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, Frank Maurrant in Weill’s Street Scene, Lucas in Dauvergne’s Les troqueurs, and Marchese in Martinu’s Mirandolina. With Opéra National de Paris 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. 


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