Yanis Benabdallah is a French lyric tenor, orchestra conductor and pianist of Moroccan and Hungarian origins.
After studying musicology at the Sorbonne and piano at the Suresnes Conservatoire, he graduated in 2011 in choir conducting from the class of Valerie Fayet. He then went on to study orchestra conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. For several years, he held the position of assistant conductor at International Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra at UNESCO and musical director of the Sorbonne choir. Today, he is fully dedicated to his singing career.
Yanis made his singing debuts as a soloist of the Paris Opera Children Choir touring Italy with Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and singing the Shepherd boy in Puccini’s Tosca at the Opéra Comique in Paris.
After graduating in operatic training from the Paris Conservatory in Sophie Hervé’s class, he was awarded the First Prize at the “Young French Talent” gala in Monaco in 2006, and First Prize at the 2010 UPMCF International Singing Competition in Paris.
After graduating from Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (class of Daniel Ottevaere), he continued his training with Vladimir and Olga Chernov, then with Mariam Sarkissian. Nowdays, his first teacher, Sophie Hervé, serves as his mentor.
Yanis Benabdallah was awarded the “special prize” at the 2018 Gabriella Benackova International Singing Competition in the Czech Republic.
He made his operatic debut in 2007 singing the role of Ange Pitou in La Fille de Madame Angot at the Théâtre de Cherbourg followed by several main roles in French operettas. He then started singing opera roles such Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Hungarian Opera House.
He also sang Nero in the Coronation of Poppea in Paris, Don José in Carmen at the prestigious Palace of Arts of Budapest and at the Arad Philharmonic Hall in Romania, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti in the Theater of Szeged (Hungary) and at Vigado Concert Hall in Budapest, Alfredo in Traviata at the Algiers National Opera House, at the National Theatre of Le Mans and of Alençon, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette by Gounod in Rennes (France), Ismael in Verdi’s Nabucco at the Seine Musicale in Paris.
Recently, he has recorded his first contemporary oratorio in Arabic language composed by Tarik Benouarka “La légende de Néré”, and performed along star soprano Karine Deshayes Les Troyens by Berlioz at the National Library of France in Paris.
Yanis is a regular guest soloist of oratorio performances. He sang Mozart’s Coronation Mass, the Mass in C minor and the Requiem, as well as The Creation by Haydn, Le Roi David by Honegger, the Cantata Misericordium by Britten, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony performed at the UNESCO in Paris and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. He sang recently Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Magnificat and the Mass in B minor.
Yanis is particularly fond of the art of recital. He sang to great acclaim Schumann’s Dichterliebe in Miskolc, Hungary, and belcantist melodies (by Bellini, Tosti, Rossini) performed in several festivals in France notably at the festival ” les Harmonies ” presided by Maciej Pikulski, at the Mayanne festival and at the Laval Opera Festival. Recently, he sang La Bonne Chanson by Fauré with Marie-Christine Barrault, accompanied on the piano by Jeff Cohen and Christian Ivaldi at the opening concert of the Académie Francis Poulenc.