A few weeks ago Julien Behr made his debut as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at the Cologne Opera under the baton of François-Xavier Roth and was highly acclaimed for his performance. A summary of press cuts:
„With his beautiful timbre, his natural acting and his moving lyricism" (Concerti, 09.03.16), Julien Behr is „no whiny-voiced lover, but a gentleman full of powerful virility“ according to Der Neue Merker (06.03.16). Online Musik Magazin adds (07.03.16): „also in the pianissimo Julien Behr brings substantial voice. His Ottavio is virile and ready to fight against his counterpart Don Giovanni“. Der Opernfreund sums up (06.03.16): „Julien Behr is a convincing Ottavio: A young Mozart-tenor with superb timbre, the required piano style and even committed acting ability which enables him to give profile to the usually anaemic lover type". Finally Klassikfavori (06.03.16): "With his breathtaking pianissimo, French tenor Julien Behr provided a crowning achievement with the aria Dalla sua pace“.
After making his debut with Tamino at the Opéra de Paris in 2015, Julien Behr demonstrated in Cologne once again his status as a world-class Mozartian tenor one needs to count on. Don Ottavio remains on his upcoming schedule with new productions at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Lyon.