American tenor Ben Bliss is in his first year of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program where he sings the role of Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette under the baton of Plácido Domingo and Parpignol in La bohème conducted by Patrick Summers. He also covers the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Albert in Albert Herring, both conducted by James Conlon.
A native of Prairie Village, Kansas, Bliss relocated to Southern California to attend Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Chapman Conservatory of Music where he earned a minor in vocal performance. There he sang the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring and Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He also performed Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Les nuits d’été by Berlioz with conductor Daniel Wachs. While at the Conservatory, he began his ongoing study with Patrick Goeser and performed in master classes with William Burden and Vinson Cole.
After graduating from Chapman, Bliss’s senior thesis film which he wrote and directed, screened at 20 international film festivals and garnered several awards. During his three years working in television production at Paramount Studios, he won first place in two national commercial directing competitions.