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Ben Bliss

Ben Bliss

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. Ben has been cited as “an exemplar of the Mozartean tenor” for his “purity of tone, vocal control and artistic sensitivity” (Opera Warhorses).

He was the 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal award at the Lincoln Center, as well as the Mozart and Plácido Domingo awards at the 2015 Francisco Viñas International Competition in Barcelona. Ben’s numerous other accolades include first prize at the 2014 Gerda Lissner and Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competitions, and the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prize. He is also the co-founder of the classical arts production company Mise-en-Scène Studios (MESS NYC).

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.

While in the Lindemann Program Ben made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under James Levine, and has since returned as Steuermann Der Fliegende Höllander under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tamino Die Zauberflöte and Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Ben made his European debut in this role with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera on tour in 2015.

Other operatic highlights have included Tamino at the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Operas, Ferrando at the Seattle and Canadian Operas and Oper Frankfurt, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for the Boston Lyric Opera, and Flamand Capriccio and Robert Wilson in Peter Sellars’ new production of Dr. Atomic in Santa Fe.

Ben’s concert highlights include his debuts with the LA Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel and the NY Philharmonic as Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1 with Alan Gilbert, Haydn’s Creation and Cassio Otello at the Cincinnati May Festival under James Conlon, a house and role debut as Count de Rosillon Die lustige Witwe in concert at the Liceu Barcelona, and a US recital tour including Carnegie Hall with pianist Lachlan Glen. Ben also appeared alongside Isabel Leonard for Ferdinand and Miranda’s love duet from Ades’ The Tempest at the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary gala concert in 2017.

Ben is a 2012 alumnus of the Music Academy of the West.

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