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.
Engagements for the 2016-17 season included 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.