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Mathieu  Levan

Mathieu Levan

Assistant Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Ben

Hailed as a “truly exceptional tenor” by the National Review, Ben Bliss is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting performers on today’s operatic stage, both in his native America and internationally. Ben has been cited as “an exemplar of the Mozartean tenor” for his “purity of tone, vocal control and artistic sensitivity” (Opera Warhorses).

Recent highlights include two roles at The Metropolitan Opera – Die Zauberflöte as Tamino, and Don Giovanni as Don Ottavio; a return to San Francisco Opera as Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites; and Teatro Colón as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. In concert, Ben performed with Orchestre National de France in Pelleas et Mélisande, and with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Solomon.

Ben is based in New York

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2023
Opera National de Paris
Mozart Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
Oct 2023
San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco
Beethoven Symphony No.9 Michael Tilson-Thomas (conductor)
Dec 2023
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
Mozart Die Zauberflote (Tamino)


Selected Repertoire

AdesThe Tempest (Caliban)
BerliozBeatrice et Benedict (Benedict)
BrittenBilly Budd (Captain Vere)   •   The Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)   •   Death in Venice (Aschenbach)   •   Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus)
DebussyPelleas et Melisande (Pelleas)
DonizettiL’Elisir D’Amore (Nemorino)
GluckIphigenie en Tauride (Pylade)
GounodRomeo et Juliette (Romeo)
HandelSolomon (Zadok)   •   Alcina (Oronte)   •   Semele (Jupiter)
JanacekJenufa (Steva)
MozartDon Giovanni (Don Ottavio)   •   Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)   •   Die Zauberflote (Tamino)   •   La Clemenza di Tito (Tito)   •   Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)
PoulencLes Dialogues des Carmelites (Chevalier de la Force)
PutsSilent Night (Nikolaus Sprink)
SmetanaThe Bartered Bride (Vasek)
StravinskyThe Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell)
TchaikowskyEugene Onegin (Lensky)
TesoriGrounded (Eric)
VerdiLa Traviata (Alfredo)   •   Rigoletto (Duca)   •   Falstaff (Fenton)
WagnerDie Meistersinger (David)



  • Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)

    Opera National de Paris
    Sep 2023
    • Le Don Ottavio du ténor Ben Bliss, faisant ses débuts à l’Opéra national de Paris, est tout particulièrement réactif sur scène. Il s’agît d’un rôle parfois ingrat en raison de ses pages sublimes mais au sort fastidieux, voire carrément sot… contre toute attente, le ténor paraît prendre énormément de plaisir à interpréter ses airs avec beaucoup de souplesse vocale et une grande musicalité. [TRANSLATED] Tenor Ben Bliss's Don Ottavio, making his Paris Opera debut, is particularly responsive on stage. It's a role that's sometimes thankless because of its sublime pages, but tedious, even downright silly... against all expectations, the tenor seems to take great pleasure in performing his arias with great vocal flexibility and musicality.

    • Capable lui-aussi de douceur, le ténor nord-américain Ben Bliss livre un Ottavio plus droit, également plus lyrique, dont la ligne est magnifiquement maîtrisée. Les deux Anna s’opposent dans leur caractère plus que dans les moyens vocaux. [TRANSLATED] Also capable of gentleness, the North American tenor Ben Bliss delivers a straighter Ottavio, also more lyrical, whose line is magnificently mastered.

      • Anaclase
      • 29 September 2023