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American tenor Jonathan Blalock is known for his vocal versatility, musical expressivity, and intellectual curiosity. Equally at ease performing in orchestral concerts, operas, musical theater, and recordings, Blalock has enjoyed a vibrant career spanning multiple genres and continents.
Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, Jonathan has appeared in a number of world premieres, including Becoming Santa Claus (Mark Adamo) with The Dallas Opera, 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, and The PROTOTYPE festival, which Alex Ross in The New Yorker declared it as one of the top ten musical events of the year, 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; Podesta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with both OnSite Opera and Atlanta 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 Syracuse Opera, 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; Harry in La Fanciulla del West with Detroit Opera; the title role in Candide with Emerald City Opera; and The Electrician in Adès’ Powder Her Face with West Edge Opera; The Burrowing Mole (in the Grammy Award winning performance of 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 Cincinnati Ballet, the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphoria, Wichita Symphony, and Las Cruces Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with Winston-Salem Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, and Greensboro Oratorio Society; and as soloist with Oakland Symphony, Portland Symphony, Arizona MusicFest, 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 encompassarts.com