OFFICIAL BIO / FREDERICK BALLENTINE
The 2018-2019 season begins with a series of debuts for the tenor, as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with both the English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera. Future seasons include his debut with The Metropolitan Opera.
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Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, promising young tenor Frederick Ballentineis a recent graduate of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, and the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.
During the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Ballentine makes his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, which he also sings in a return to Washington National Opera.
He creates the role of Judah in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’s Castor and Patience with Cincinnati Opera, returns to Los Angeles Opera as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte, and to Seattle Opera as Charlie Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. He also makes his debut with the New Jersey Symphony for Handel's Messiah. Future seasons include additional performances with the Metropolitan Opera.
The 2018-2019 season began with a series of debuts for the tenor, as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with both the English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera. He also made a return to Cincinnati Opera later in the season in the same role. Additionally, he debuted the role of Don José in Carmen with Annapolis Opera and reprised the role with Seattle Opera, and sang in concert with Wolf Trap Opera’s Chamber Music at the Barn series. He closed the season by joining the Bard Music Festival for selections in concert from Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago.
During the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Ballentine returned to Washington National Opera as a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, where he performed the Messenger in Aida, the Herald in Don Carlo, and Cacambo in Candide. He also appeared with Cincinnati Opera as the Steersman in Der fliegende Höllander.
Recent engagements include Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess in a return to Glimmerglass Opera, the 1st Armored Man in The Magic Flute with Seattle Opera, Reverend Parris in Robert Ward’s The Crucible at the Glimmerglass Festival under the direction of Francesca Zambello, as well as a return to Los Angeles Opera to sing Amon in Akhnaten.
In 2015 he was a Filene Young Artist with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles. He has also trained with the Aspen Music Opera Center and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, who recently awarded him the Thelma Steward Endowed Artist Alumni Award.
Mr. Ballentine has performed with the Los Angeles Opera on multiple occasions as a former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist. His most notable performances were in Barrie Kosky’s wildly popular production of The Magic Flute. He is featured on the company’s recently produced CD of The Ghosts of Versailles, as well as on My Christmas, Placido Domingo’s newest Christmas album. Most recently, Mr. Ballentine has had the pleasure of returning to Los Angeles Opera to sing the role of Amon in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten.
In concert, Mr. Ballentine has appeared as a featured soloist with the New York Choral Society for their Christmas Concert, with Naples Philharmonic and the Colburn School for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Arvo Pärt’s Miserere, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela as Pang in Turandot.