Damien Pass


French-Australian bass-baritone Damien Pass is a graduate in voice from the Yale School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. He studied at the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris. He was awarded the Prix lyrique de l’AROP of the Paris Opera in 2012 and the First Prize for singing at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Singer-Piano Competition in 2011. The same year, he won the HSBC Prize of the Aix en Provence Festival.
Since then, Damien Pass has performed in Europe in a varied repertoire, from baroque to contemporary. He has performed the roles of Boreas in Rameau’s Les Boréades with Marc Minkowski and the Musiciens du Louvre (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Versailles Opera, MC2 in Grenoble and Warsaw Philharmonic), the title role in Il Signor Bruschino at the Paris Opera, the Doctor in Wozzeck, Selim in Il Turco in Italia, the four devils in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Dijon Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Paris, Dijon Toulon and Wuppertal Oper, Remigio in La Navarraise and Morel in Thérèse at the Wexford Festival, Colline in La Bohème at the Scottish Opera, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia by Britten at the Théâtre de l’Athénée, Pallante in Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien, with Thomas Hengelbrock and Robert Carsen or Daedalus in Jonathan Dove’s The Monster of the Labyrinth at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Opéra de Lille under the baton of Simon Rattle.
More recently, he sang the role of Luzifer in Stockhausen’s Aus Licht at the Opéra-Comique, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Dutch National Opera and the Essen Philharmonic, Herod in San Giovanni Batista at the Noirlac, Saintes and Périgueux festivals with the Banquet Céleste conducted by Damien Guillon and the Spectre d’Hector, the God Mercury in Les Troyens at the Berlioz Festival with the Centuries under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, Don Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte at the Antwerp Opera (Trevor Pinnock/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), Frère Léon in Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise with the ensemble Le Balcon (Maxime Pascal) at the Messiaen Festival and in Salzburg, and the roles of Luzifer in Stockhausen’s Freitag aus Licht at the Philharmonie de Paris.
Damien also gave a Carte blanche recital with pianist Alphonse Cemin at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris.
His projects include Jacques Jaujard in the world premiere of Julien Bilodeau’s La Beauté du monde at the Opéra de Montréal, The Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra de Lille, Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Midsummer Mozart Festival in Brussels, Pistola in Falstaff at the Opéra de Lille, directed by Laurent Pelly, and Gobrias in Handel’s Belshazzar at the Antwerp Opéra.
Damien Pass is also fond of chamber music.
His first album Myrthen with soprano Léa Trommenschlager and pianist Alphonse Cemin was recorded for the B Records label.