Tenor

Ben Bliss

Askonas Holt is delighted to announce the general management of American tenor Ben Bliss.

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Introduction

Hailed as a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, Ben Bliss is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting performers on today’s operatic stage, both in his native America and internationally. He was the 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal award at the Lincoln Center and his many other accolades include the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prize.

Recent highlights include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera Chicago and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, and Ferrando Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera. Ben returns to the stage in the 2020/21 season as Flamand in Christof Loy’s new production of Strauss’ Capriccio at the Opernhaus Zurich. For Ben’s full biography please download his Publicity Pack.


Discography

 
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    Overture

    Label: 1591783 Records DK

    Release Date: 22 Oct 16

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    Plácido Domingo Operalia 2013

    Label: Sony Classical

    Release Date: 14 Jul 14

    Listen to Ben’s prize-winning performance of Los gavilanes: Flor roja for the Don Placido Domingo Sr. Prize of Zarzuela

     

Press

 
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    24 Oct 20 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Gran Teatre del Liceu

    “Ben Bliss was a good Don Ottavio, vocally prominent, and his Dalla sua pace was memorable for its sweetness.”
    Xaiver Pujol, Opera Online, 28 Oct 2020

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    15 Feb 20 MOZART Così fan tutte
    Metropolitan Opera New York

    “Ben Bliss sings Ferrando with poised sweetness.”
    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 16 Feb 2020

    “Bliss deftly wielded his silky tenor through Ferrando’s more touching scenes; faced with Fiordiligi’s initial refusal and Dorabella’s unfaithfulness, his cavatina “Tradito, schernito,” rang with a fine, crestfallen timbre. This seeming defeat tinged his later duet with Car, “Fra gli amplessi,” with a desperate passion that was hard to resist, as heard from the beckoning caress he placed on the phrase “In me alone you’ll find husband, lover, and more if you wish.”
    Logan Martell, Opera Wire, 18 Feb 2020

    “Ben Bliss is an elegant singer and his Ferrando proved smooth as silk in “Un aura amorosa” and biting in “Tradito…” Spotless coloratura in the Act 1 finale ensemble and fine “poseur” acting completed the picture.”
    Robert Levine, Bachtrack, 20 Feb 2020

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    14 Nov 19 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    “As Don Ottavio, Donna Anna’s faithful fiancé, Ben Bliss was a dignified and forthright presence, avoiding the role’s ineffectual nerd pitfalls and singing his two arias with a pleasing light tenor… Bliss’ “O mio tesoro” was a model of Mozart vocalism, supple in tone and elegant of phrasing.”
    Lawrence A. Johnson, Classical Review, 15 Nov 2019

    “Bliss’s Don Ottavio sings a meltingly lyrical performance of “Dalla sua pace la mia dipende”. In his transitions between phrases Bliss achieves an unbroken spirit of emotional commitment to his beloved, perhaps most achingly communicated with rising pitches sung on “morte mi da” [“(her trouble) is equal to my death”]… When Bliss sings “Il mio tresoro” his command of legato and ease of phrasing incorporating appoggiatura render his message that he will summon the authorities believably urgent.”
    Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today, 05 Jan 2020

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    30 Sep 19 MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail
    Lyric Opera of Kansas City

    “Ben Bliss is an exemplar of the Mozartean tenor, bringing to the role of Belmonte purity of tone, vocal control and artistic sensitivity… His Belmonte, whose four major arias make this one of Mozart’s most challenging tenor roles, proves him to be in the first rank of contemporary Mozarteans.”
    William Burnett, Opera Warhorses, 30 Sep 2019

    “His voice is elegantly Mozartian, its tones and nuances sensitively rendered, long notes well sustained, breath controlled admirably. There was nothing unrefined or forced about his tone; it was entirely fitting throughout.”
    Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack, 29 Sep 2019