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.

In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Bliss will sing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and Oper Frankfurt. He will also make his house debut at Opera Philadelphia as Tamino in The Magic Flute, and sing the role of Cassio in Otello with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he will return to Santa Fe Opera to make his role debut as Robert Wilson in Dr. Atomic in a production directed by Peter Sellars. Concert appearances will include singing the Messiah with the New York Philharmonic in December.

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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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“Ben Bliss— physically a boy-next-door type—acted and sang the best Tom I’ve encountered, his airy tenor giving welcome attention to verbal shadings and the role’s many curlicues.”

(Boston Lyric Opera – Rakes Progress 2017)

– David Shengold, Opera Magazine (UK)

 “Bliss, a towering young tenor who hails from Prairie Village, Kansas, is a wonderful Tamino, possessing exactly melodious tone that Mozart’s music calls for.”

Los Angeles Daily News

“An ever-elegant and solid Tamino”

Los Angeles Times

“The big news was tenor Ben Bliss, whose arresting arsenal of lyricism and florid ease was shown to fine effect in all four of Belmonte’s arias.”

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