Ben Bliss

Tenor

Biography

American tenor Ben Bliss is a 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal award at Lincoln Center, awarded by the Metropolitan Opera.  He was also the recipient of 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. Mr. Bliss is also the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prizewinner.

Ben Bliss’ 2016-2017 season includes 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 Mr. Bliss include a return to the Metropolitan Opera, first as Tamino in The Magic Flute and then as Steuermann in Der Fliegende Höllander, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other opera appearances include 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.

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Reviews

“The top prize was justly awarded to tenor Benjamin Bliss, twenty-eight, who sang “Una furtive lagrima” in a lovely, caressing tone. It was a magical performance that was absorbing without becoming lachrymose.”

Brian Kellow

Opera News

“Bliss emerged as the singing star of this production, his tenor soaring through Lenski’s impassioned music, producing a confident sound that smoothly transitioned from low to high.”

Marc Shulgold

Opera News

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“The top prize was justly awarded to tenor Benjamin Bliss, twenty-eight, who sang “Una furtive lagrima” in a lovely, caressing tone. It was a magical performance that was absorbing without becoming lachrymose. ”

Brian Kellow, Opera News

“Bliss emerged as the singing star of this production, his tenor soaring through Lenski’s impassioned music, producing a confident sound that smoothly transitioned from low to high. ”

Marc Shulgold, Opera News

“[Ben] sang…with vibrant intensity and real musicality ”

Harvey Steiman, Aspen Times

“…a lyrical tenor of notable beauty… ”

George Loomis, Classical Voice of North America

“Ardent as Alfredo… ”

Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

“…a gorgeous lyric tenor… ”

Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

“… her leading man for this performance of the run, the marvelous Ben Bliss—a true Mozart tenor. He has sung Belmonte with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Ferrando with Gustavo Dudamel and Tamino with the Los Angeles Opera. Bliss sang with a purity of tone, eloquent phrasing, and superb breath control. He was believably ardent and anguished, and he did full justice to all of his arias, including the very challenging “Ich baue ganz.” He also acted extremely well – loving to Konstanze, suitably arrogant with Pedrillo (who had been his servant) and dignified in the last act confrontation with Pasha Selim, even when it turned out that Belmonte’s own father had been the Pasha’s worst enemy. I am very much looking forward to his Tamino with the Met next season.”

Arlene Judith Klotzko, Theoperacritic.com