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Vocal Arts DC
PO Box 42423
Washington DC 20015





Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Theatre of the Arts at the University of DC


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 eater in Kansas City as part of the Harriman-Jewell 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 Holländer, 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.

Lachlan GlenAustralian pianist, conductor and producer Lachlan Glen (b. 1989) regularly appears around Australia, Europe, and the United States, at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall.

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, Mr. Glen 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 ( As a vocal coach and répétiteur, Lachlan has served on the music sta of the Opera eatre of St. Louis, Music Academy International, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Interna- tional Vocal Arts Institute, Castleton Festival and Chautauqua Institution.

Mr. Glen'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 New York City festival that performed the complete Schubert songs in 35 recitals over a single season (2012- 2013). 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 New York City 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.

He is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program (2015), the Juilliard School (M.M. 2013) and Rutgers University (B.M., Mason Gross School of the Arts, 2011), and maintains a private vocal coaching studio in New York City.

"The top prize was justly awarded to tenor Ben Bliss, twenty-eight, who sang 'Una furtive lagrima' in a lovely, caressing tone. It was a magical performance that was absorbing without ever becoming lachrymose."

Brian Kellow, Opera News

Photo of Ben Bliss by Dario Acosta.
Photo of LachlanGeln by Dario Acosta.


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