AARON BLAKE – tenor
American tenor Aaron Blake, touted as “A vocal powerhouse” by the Los Angeles Times, for his portrayal of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni is becoming known as a vibrant interpreter of many of the composer’s roles. In 2014/15 Mr. Blake returned to Carnegie Hall to appear as Uriel in Haydn’s Creation with the Oratorio Society of New York. He then made his debut as with the Lexington Philharmonic as the tenor soloist in the Messiah. Returning to both The Dallas Opera, and The Utah Opera, he was involved with the world premiere of Everest by Jolby Talbot as well as making a highly successful role debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, respectively. Blake debuted the role of Camille opposite the Hanna of Deborah Voigt with Michigan Opera Theater’s production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow in April 2015 and debuted the role of Robert Leicester in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda opposite Angela Meade at the Astor Music Festival in June then debuted as Curley in Floyd’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ at the Phoenicia Festival in August.
Blake made his debut with Berlin’s Komische Oper in the fall of 2015 as Tamino in Die Zauberflote and later last season he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering in Roberto Devereux and then appeared as Ugo opposite Angela Meade in Donizetti’s Parisina d’Este with Opera Orchestra of New York before concerts with the Reno Philharmonic for Carmina Burana. He rejoined Cincinnati Opera for the world premiere of Fellow Travelers. Blake’s performance in that production brought plaudits from the national and international press and the New York Times cited it as one of the best performances in 2016 in its year end overall assessment of classical music performances in the USA, while WQXR, New York’s classical music station cited this as a star making performance in 2016. In August Blake sang Cassio for the first time in Verdi’s masterpiece, Otello at the Phoenicia Festival. In October he added the demanding role of Nadir in Les Percheurs de Perles for Tulsa Opera with excellent reviews from the local press and audience reaction as well.
Upcoming Mr. Blake has a house debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the Willy Decker production of La traviata, and adds the role of Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio as well to his Met repertory. He returns asDon Ottavio at Utah Opera, makes a debut with New York City Opera as Louis in the New York premiere of Peter Eotvos’ Angels in America, Tamino in the Bary Kosky production of Zauberflote with Cincinnati Opera., and the title role in Bernstein’s Candide for the Bernstein centennial with the Atlanta Symphony-Alliance Theater of Atlanta production.
The 2013/2014 began with a debut as Don Ottavio in The Cincinnati Opera‘s production of Don Giovanni, opposite soprano Angela Meade. In addition he made company debuts with Virginia Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, Opera Grand Rapids as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, as Tamino in Minnesota Opera’s The Magic Flute, and a return to Cincinnati Opera in their productions of Carmen and Cavalli’s La Calisto as Pane. In concert Mr. Blake was heard in Carnegie Hall for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Walpurgisnacht and the Mozart Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York, a piece he reprised with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
Recent seasons have found the tenor making debuts with several companies including Opera Birmingham as Tamino, The Washington National Opera in Stephen Lawless’ production of Anna Bolena opposite Sondra Radvanovsky, and as Idamante in Opera San Jose’s production of Idomeneo. In 2011 he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Oratorio Society of New York’s performances of Messiah (Mozart version).
Aaron Blake is an alumnus of The Music Academy of the West, The Juilliard School and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He was awarded the Bagby Foundation Career Grant in 2011; a grant designed to support the careers promising emerging artists at the precipice of a major career in the performing arts. He has been a First Prize winner of the Florida Grand Opera Competition and the Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival. He has also been a prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.