Tenor BENJAMIN BLISS, a second-year member of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, made his LA Opera debut under the baton of Placido Domingo as Benvolio in 2011’s Roméo et Juliette. In 2012, he returned as Barbarigo in Verdi’s I due Foscari, Parpignol in La Bohème, as well as Daniel in LA Opera’s Cathedral production of The Festival Play of Daniel. He also performed the Guard/Revolutionary in Krenek’s The Secret Kingdom and Harlekin in Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis with the Colburn Orchestra. He has been the tenor soloist for Bach’s Magnificat with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the La Jolla Symphony. He also made a singing guest appearance on NBC’s Whitney. Most recently Bliss placed 2nd the the Metropolitan Opera’s Western regional finals. His next engagements will be singing the role of Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the Colburn Orchestra under Maestro James Conlon, followed by Alfredo in La Traviata at Wolf Trap Opera.
Who we are and What we do
In 1988, two philanthropists, soprano Carmela Altamura and attorney Leonard Altamura,
founded the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. Created for singers on the
threshold of an international career, the competition functions under the umbrella of its
parent non-profit, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc. The competition immediately
established itself by instituting the then-unheard-of policy of abolishing age requirements.
Aware that existing limits did not allow for the late-maturing, dramatic voice, and by
careful scrutiny of more mature applicants’ achievements, the founders decided to trust
their instincts by opening the door of opportunity to more mature as well as to younger
singers. This policy paid off in unexpected dividends.