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Benjamin Bliss

Tenor

Benjamin Bliss

Biography

American tenor Ben Bliss, who the National Review marked as “…a truly exceptional tenor,” is a 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal award at Lincoln Center, awarded by the Metropolitan Opera, and has gained a reputation as one of the most valuable and versatile performers of his generation. The 2018-2019 season brings. Bliss back to the Metropolitan Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute, as well as a debut with Canadian Opera Company as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, role and house debuts with Houston Grand Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw with Seattle Opera, and a return to Santa Fe Opera as Ferrando. Orchestral and recital highlights include a return to the New York Philharmonic for Mozart’s Requiem with Manfred Honeck, and a solo recital at Messiah College in Pennsylvania with collaborator Lachlan Glen, with whom Bliss co-founded New York classical arts production company Mise-En-Scène Studios (MESS).

In the 2017-2018 season, Bliss performed the role of Ferrando at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and Oper Frankfurt. He also made his house debut at Opera Philadelphia as Tamino in The Magic Flute, and performed Cassio in Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, he returned to Santa Fe Opera to make his role debut as Robert Wilson in Dr. Atomic in a production directed by Peter Sellars. Concert appearances included Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic, and the tenor solos in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Sellars and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also returned to the Aspen Music Festival and School for two separate programs of Benjamin Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac.

Ben Bliss’ 2016-2017 season included a US recital tour with pianist Lachlan Glen, with stops at Carnegie Hall, the Folly Theater in Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell series, Theater of the Arts at the University of District of Columbia as part of the Vocal Arts DC Emerging Artists series, Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West as part of the University of California, Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures series, and in Cincinnati with Matinée Musicale. Operatic appearances for Bliss included a return to the Metropolitan Opera, first as Tamino in The Magic Flute and then as Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other opera appearances included Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Atlanta Opera, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress for a role and house debut with Boston Lyric Opera and Camille, Count de Rosillon in Die lustige Witwe in concert for his house and role debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Highlights of Bliss’ recent seasons include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, conducted by James Levine, where the The Opera Critic heralded him as, “marvelous” and a “true Mozart tenor.” He also made his European debut in the same role with Glyndebourne Festival on tour. Returning as a principal artist to Los Angeles Opera, the artist appeared as Tamino under the baton of James Conlon, as well as to Des Moines Metro Opera as Belmonte. On the concert stage, Bliss debuted with the New York Philharmonic singing Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1 with Alan Gilbert, Haydn’s Creation and Cassio in Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival with James Conlon, and in

holiday concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Lexington Philharmonic. Bliss has also performed in Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Recital series with pianist Lachlan Glen, and with the New York Choral Society in Handel’s Israel in Egypt at Carnegie Hall. He made his company and role debut at Santa Fe Opera as Flamand in a new production of Capriccio directed by Tim Albery.

While in the Lindemann Program, Bliss made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by James Levine. In May 2014, he was tapped to fill in as Ferrando in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Cosi fan tutte under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. As a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Bliss appeared as Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette, Barbarigo in I Due Foscari, and the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Colburn Orchestra under James Conlon. He has been the tenor soloist for Bach’s Magnificat with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the La Jolla Symphony and made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing Bach under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.

Past awards include the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona, receiving 2nd place overall, first prize in the 2014 Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competitions, as well as a Sara Tucker and Sullivan Foundation grant. Bliss is also the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prizewinner. He resides with his wife Dana in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit www.benblisstenor.com and www.messnyc.com.


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