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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

David Blalock


David Blalock

In the 2016-17 season, rising American tenor David Blalock will join Atlanta Opera as Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s opera Silent Night, the same work in which he previously performed the role of Jonathan Dale with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Last season, he saw performances of the Steersman in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer for Virginia Opera, Pong in Turandot with the Pacific Symphony and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, Toby in Sweeney Todd with Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis, and Almaviva in Marcos Portugal’s rarely performed The Marriage of Figaro for On Site Opera in New York City. His concert engagements included performances of Roderigo in Otello with the Minnesota Orchestra, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris for Performance Santa Fe, tenor soloist in Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, and a New Year’s gala with Richmond Symphony.

In the 2014-15 season, David Blalock sang the role of Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Madison Opera, Don Ottavio in North Carolina Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Toby in Sweeney Todd with Virginia Opera, and the role of Ricky in the world premiere of The Long Walk at Opera Saratoga. He made his debut in New York City with On Site Opera in singing Almaviva in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.

As a Virginia Opera Emerging Artist, Mr. Blalock was heard as Le Remendado in Carmen, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos and the First Priest in The Magic Flute. In the same season, he completed his second summer as an apprentice artist with The Santa Fe Opera, singing Bertram in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, and the Infirmary Patient in the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s Oscar.

Mr. Blalock is a graduate of the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, where he trained as a baritone. He performed several roles with the Studio, including Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Riolobo in Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and The Ring Announcer in the world premiere of Shadowboxer, an opera detailing the life of boxer Joe Louis. He has performed as a young artist with the Seagle Music Colony and Ash Lawn Opera, singing roles in La Cenerentola, La bohème, The Magic Flute, and Brigadoon.

Before deciding to train classically, Mr. Blalock began his studies in musical theater, performing roles in The Fantasticks, The Music Man, Call Me Madam, and Guys and Dolls. He was first prize winner in the North Carolina District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on two occasions, as well as placing first in the Charles A. Lynam Competition, the Heafner/Williams Competition, and the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition. He has also won awards in the Sally and Tony Amato Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, The Wonderlic Competition, the Long Leaf Opera Competition, the Opera Birmingham Competition, and the FAVA Grand Concours de Chant. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro with a Bachelor of Music Degree.