Jonathan Blalock

Jonathan Blalock

Leggiero tenor

"Riveting," with a "sweet and true" voice: Steve Smith, NY Times
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«“Jonathan Blalock was transfixing in the title role; Spears's score glistened beautifully and eerily around him.”»
Alex Ross, The New Yorker (2016)
«“Jonathan Blalock had even more theatrical and vocal authority."»
Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal (2016)
«“The remarkable young American tenor Jonathan Blalock sustained this grueling tessitura up to and including a tour de force final solo scene with hardly a trace of strain."»
James Jorden, The New York Observer (2016)
2016Rossini: La CenerentolaDon Ramiro
2015Puccini: TurandotPang
2015Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2014Paul's CasePaul
2014EmbeddedRory
2014Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427Tenor Soloist
2014Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaAlmaviva
2013Rossini: La donna del lagoRodrigo (cover)
2013The Magic of ChristmasTenor
2012MaomettoCondulmiero (cover)
2011Handel: MessiahTenor
2011Verdi: FalstaffFenton
2009Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaConte d'Almaviva
2009Bizet: CarmenRemendado

Bio

American tenor Jonathan Blalock recently triumphed as Prince Claus in the world premiere of Mark Adamo's Becoming Santa Claus at The Dallas Opera. His critically acclaimed performance was broadcast live to Lincoln Center and will be released on DVD later this year.  Upcoming engagements for the 2016-17 season include Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Syracuse Opera, Beppe (I Pagliacci) with Arizona MusicFest, Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) with Performance Santa Fe, a debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Harry in La Fanciulla del West, and Podesta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with both OnSite Opera and Atlanta Opera. Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, Jonathan has appeared in a number of world premieres, including Huang Ruo's An American Soldier with Washington National Opera, The Secret Agent with the Center for Contemporary Opera in NYC and the Armel Festival in Hungary; Jorge Martin's Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera; and Paul's Case with Urban Arias, which Alex Ross in The New Yorker declared it as one of the top ten musical events of 2014, saying, “The tenor Jonathan Blalock was transfixing in the title role; Spears’s score glistened beautifully and eerily around him.” In addition, Jonathan sang The Electrician in Adès’ Powder Her Face with West Edge Opera, made his Virginia Opera debut as Cégeste in Philip Glass' Orphée, and has sung in the same composer's Hydrogen Jukebox with both West Edge Opera and Fort Worth Opera. As a specialist in Rossini and Mozart, Mr. Blalock has performed Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Des Moines Metro Opera; Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Cedar Rapids Opera and Nevada Opera; Ferrando (Così fan tutte) with Capitol Opera Raleigh; Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) with Tri-Cities Opera, LOFT Opera, and Opera Company of Middlebury; Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Opera Roanoke, Opera in Williamsburg, and as a guest with Bob Jones University; and covered two Rossini roles at Santa Fe Opera: Rodrigo (La Donna del Lago) and Conduliermo (Maometto II). Career highlights also include Pang (Turandot) with Nashville Opera and Pacific Symphony; the title role in Candide with Emerald City Opera; and The Electrician in Adès’ Powder Her Face with West Edge Opera; The Burrowing Mole (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera; Remendado (Carmen) with Pacific Symphony and Fort Worth Opera; and Fenton (Falstaff) with Mercury Opera Rochester.  In concert Mr. Blalock has performed Carmina Burana with the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic and Las Cruzas Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic; and as soloist with the Portland Symphony, Opera America's New Opera Showcase, the PROTOTYPE Festival, The Washington Chorus, the Rackham Choir (Detroit), and Opera Hong Kong. Jonathan is represented by Encompass Arts. For more information, please visit www.encompassarts.com
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: La Cenerentola Don Ramiro Immediately Bob Jones University (guest) 2016
Puccini: Turandot Pang Immediately Nashville Opera 2015
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Ottavio Immediately Cedar Rapids Opera 2015
Paul's Case Paul Immediately The Prototype Festival 2014
Embedded Rory Immediately Wells-Fargo Opera 2014

Awards

Opera Orchestra Agnes Varis Bel Canto Award
2017