Mr. Bliss was most recently praised as "a peer of the best Toms in the opera’s seven-decade history" (Voix des Arts) in The Rake's Progress at the The Metropolitan Opera, where he returns for the 2022-2023 season in The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. He also returns to San Francisco Opera in Dialogues of the Carmelites and makes concert appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra, and more.
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
THE MAGIC FLUTE
December 16 - 26
The Met’s abridged, family-friendly version of Mozart’s musical fairy tale returns for the holiday season, with Maestro Duncan Ward making his company debut conducting Julie Taymor’s irresistible production. Tenors Ben Bliss and David Portillo share the role of Tamino, the noble prince on a quest to win the fair princess Pamina, sung by sopranos Joélle Harvey and Sydney Mancasola. The cast also features baritones Joshua Hopkins and Chris Kenney as the bird catcher Papageno, soprano Aleksandra Olczyk as the Queen of the Night, and bass Soloman Howard as Sarastro.
DEUTSCHE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Robin Ticciati and the DSO perform 'Solomon', an oratorio by Handel for the second time at the Philharmonie. First performed in 1749, the work depicts the wisdom of the God-fearing man. The production is in the hands of Andrea Tortosa Baquero, who is now collaborating with Robin Ticciati for the third time. Mr. Bliss appears as Zadok in this production of one of Handel's greatest hits.
MAITRISE DE RADIO FRANCE
PELLÉAS AND MÉLISANDE
Pelléas et Mélisande is unique for its dreamy atmosphere, its declamation of unprecedented fluidity, and its orchestra that is both serious and transparent. Conductor Susanna Mälkki brings here an ideal cast and a no less captivating orchestra which has left several striking recordings of Debussy's opera. Mr. Bliss performs the title role in Maîtrise de Radio France's concerted version of Pelléas et Mélisande with the National Orchestra of France.
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
March 9 - 12
Legends swirl around the creation of Mozart’s Requiem, written on his deathbed and left unfinished: Who was the mysterious figure who commissioned the composer? What parts of the work were truly his own? And was Mozart composing his own funeral mass with this final artistic statement? Many of these questions were explored hauntingly (abeit suspiciously) in the movie Amadeus. We are nevertheless left with a work of overwhelming power — at once intensely dramatic and deeply personal — that touches the core of our humanity. Mr. Bliss appears as the tenor soloist under the baton of Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst.
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA – LIVE IN HD
Tony Award–winning director of Broadway’s A View from the Bridge and West Side Story, Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni, alongside the Leporello of bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez, and Ying Fang make a superlative trio as Giovanni’s conquests—Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Zerlina—and tenor Ben Bliss is Don Ottavio. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.