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.
In the 2015-2016 season, Mr. Bliss returned 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 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 Des Moines Metro Opera as Belmonte. He concluded the season with his company and role debut at Santa Fe Opera as Flamand in a new production of Capriccio directed by Tim Albery.
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Mr. Bliss will be accompanied by Australian pianist, conductor and producer Lachlan Glen. As a vocal coach and répétiteur, Lachlan has served on the music staff of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Music Academy International, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, International Vocal Arts Institute, Castleton Festival and Chautauqua Institution.
In addition to his performances as a soloist in works ranging from Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat to David Gillingham’s Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Wind Orchestra, Lachlan regularly accompanies the leading young singers of his generation, and recently conducted a full production of Die Fledermaus at the Trentino Music Festival, Italy, to great acclaim. His love of entertaining led to the creation of his self-produced one-man-show, GLENNY, which makes its international debut in Sydney in December 2016, with further performances planned around the United States in 2017. He has produced two solo albums, DEBUT E.P. and EMBRACEABLE YOU, both of which are available on his website (www.lachlanglen.net). As a vocal coach and répétiteur, Lachlan has served on the music staff of the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Music Academy International, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, International Vocal Arts Institute, Castleton Festival and Chautauqua Institution.
Lachlan’s talent in production, administration and general leadership is exemplary for a 27-year-old: in the past five years, he has produced concert tours in both Australia and the U.S.; multiple solo and collaborative albums; the Operative podcast (available on iTunes), for which he has interviewed Renata Scotto, Richard Bonynge, George Shirley, and Rufus Wainwright; and Schubert & Co., a NYC festival that performed the complete Schubert songs in 35 recitals over a single season (2012-’13). His highly anticipated opera company, Mise-En-Scène Studios (M.E.S.S.), of which he is at the helm along with tenor Ben Bliss, begins producing works in NYC over the coming seasons and will feature a core ensemble of the most exciting young singers on the world stage, underpinned by a sustainable financial model.
Lachlan Glen is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (’15), The Juilliard School (M.M. ’13) and Rutgers University (B.M., Mason Gross School of the Arts, ’11), and maintains a private vocal coaching studio in New York City.