March 19th, 2018

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Musical Monday

An Opera Singer Goes Broadway

The gifted young tenor Ben Bliss is also appearing in “Così”; his sweet voice, youthful energy and touch of mischief suit the character of Ferrando. It must be fun for him to be working with Kelli O’Hara, since he has often sung musical theater songs in recital. In this video, taken during a performance in the crypt of a church in Harlem, Mr. Bliss shows classic Broadway style, including putting words across effectively, in “Maria” from “West Side Story.” Even in the climactic moment of the song, when he clings to a high note, Mr. Bliss sings with full-voiced intensity without sounding generically operatic. You’ll seldom hear a finer performance. ANTHONY TOMMASINI®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=2&version=internal&