American tenor Jonathan Blalock, winner of the 2014 Agnes Varis Prize for Bel Canto from the Opera Orchestra of New York, recently left a lasting impression with his performance in Paul’s Case at The Prototype Festival. 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.” Additionally, Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal listed the performance in Opernwelt as one of her Top 10.
Jonathan’s busy 2015-2016 highlights his diversity as a singing actor in a wide range of roles including Prince Claus (Debuting in the world premiere of Becoming Santa Claus) with The Dallas Opera, Pang (Turandot) with Nashville Opera and Pacific Symphony, Ramiro (La Cenerentola) as a guest with Bob Jones University, the title role in Candide with Emerald City Opera and an upcoming engagement in Hong Kong, China. In concert Mr. Blalock can be seen as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana with the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic, The New Opera Showcase with Opera America, La Reina with The PROTOTYPE Festival, a debut with The Washington Chorus (New Music for a New Age) and in a McCammon Competition recital in Fort Worth (in partnership with Fort Worth Opera).
Blalock’s recent performances include Ramiro (La Cenerentola) with Opera Roanoke, The Burrowing Mole (The Fantastic Mr. Fox) with both Opera San Antonio and Odyssey Opera, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Cedar Rapids Opera, Count Almaviva with LOFT Opera in New York City, Remendado in a semi-staged Carmen with Pacific Symphony, and a debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
Other notable performances in past seasons include West Edge Opera (Hydrogen Jukebox), The Portland Symphony (The Magic of Christmas), The St. George Choral Society (Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor), and a debut with Washington National Opera in the world premiere of Huang Ruo’s An American Soldier. Spending the summers of 2012 and 2013 with Santa Fe Opera, Jonathan covered two Rossini roles: Rodrigo (La donna del Lago) and Condulmiero (Maometto II).
Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, Jonathan has appeared in a number of world premieres, including 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. In addition, he made his Virginia Opera debut as Cégeste in Philip Glass’ Orphée, and has sung with Fort Worth Opera in the same composer’s Hydrogen Jukebox.
Other career highlights include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) with Nevada Opera; Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) with Opera in Williamsburg; Handel’s Messiah with the Lexington Philharmonic and Winston-Salem Symphony; Carmina Burana with Las Crucas Symphony; Fenton (Falstaff) with Mercury Opera in Rochester; Tonio (La file du Régiment) with IVAI in both Isreal and Montreal; Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with Opera Company of Middlebury); and Normanno (Lucia di Lamermoor), Howard Boucher (Dead Man Walking), and Remendado (Carmen) with Fort Worth Opera.