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THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
A GLYNDEBOURNE CLASSIC
When the mysterious Nick Shadow appears at his door, Tom Rakewell immediately abandons country life and his sweetheart Anne for the temptations of the city. But London’s glittering promise soon corrodes; love, money and even sanity slip further and further from Tom’s grasp. Can true love save him, or will the Devil have the last laugh? Mr. Bliss appears as Tom Rakewell in this revival of Glyndebourne Festival Opera's 1975 production. Hogarth’s paintings charting one man’s path from pleasure to ruin are the starting point for one of the most dazzlingly original works of the 20th century, like a Mozart opera that has wandered into a musical hall of mirrors – at once elegant and anarchic. Comedy and tragedy are never far apart in this light-footed work that can break your heart with the broadest of smiles. Mr. Bliss appears as Tom Rakewell.
MET HD BROADCAST
COSI FAN TUTTE
MARCH 31, 2018 (Met hd)
July 29, 2018 (pbs)
Mr. Bliss appeared alongside a winning cast for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. This production featured the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducted.
PBS showcased this spring's Metropolitan Opera production of Così fan tutte as part of its Great Performances series. Enjoyed by thousands of viewers in cinemas all over the world in Met HDLive this spring, Mr. Bliss's performance as Ferrando was hailed for his "ideally sweet voice and boyish earnestness" (The New York Times).
This production was broadcast live in select cinemas across the world on March 31, 2018, and on PBS on July 29, 2018. The broadcast will be available via the MetHD Player in the coming months.