Tenor Jonathan Blalock, praised by Montreal’s La Presse for a “beautiful leggiero voice”, is making his name in repertoire that spans nearly three hundred years. In the summer of 2013 he will return to Santa Fe Opera, covering Rodrigo in Rossini’s La donna del Lago and the Bailiff in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar. As a first-year Apprentice in 2012, he covered the role of Condulmiero in Rossini’s Maometto II, and was seen in the Apprentice scenes as Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) and Edgar (Wuthering Heights). The current season also includes his role debut as Paul in the world premiere of Paul’s Case by Greg Speers at Urban Arias, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera in Williamsburg and Handel’s Messiah with the First Congregational Church Choir and Orchestra in Greenwich, CT.
Highly acclaimed for his work in 20th and 21st Century Opera, Mr. Blalock made his Virginia Opera debut in 2012 as Cégeste in Philip Glass’ Orphée. He has also appeared in the world premiere production of The Secret Agent with both the Center for Contemporary Opera and The Armel Festival in Hungary; and both Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox and the world premiere of Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera.
Mr. Blalock has received awards from the Anne Sosenko Trust, the Orpheus National Vocal Competition, and the Heafner-Williams Competition. A native North Carolinian, he received a Masters of Music from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and completed his training at the Seagle Music Colony and the Opera Carolina Young Artist Program.