2o19 - 2o2o

SEASON ENGAGEMENTS

The 2019-2020 season begins with a series of debuts for the tenor, including his Metropolitan Opera debut as Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess. Other season highlights include engagements with LA Opera, Seattle Opera, and Washington National Opera.

 

SPORTIN' LIFE

porgy & bess

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

SEPT - FEB 2019/2020

SEPTEMBER

23, 27, 30

OCTOBER

5, 10, 13, 16

2019

JANUARY

8, 11, 15, 18, 24, 28

FEBRUARY

1

2020

The Metropolitan Opera

New York, New York

Mr. Ballentine makes his Metropolitan Opera debut as Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess, which returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Mr. Ballentine appears alongside a dynamic cast conducted by David Robertson and including the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, and Ryan Speedo Green.

The performance on February 1, 2020 will be broadcast live as part of the 19/20 Met: Live in HD season.

MONOSTATOS

the magic f lute

LA OPERA

NOV/DEC 2019

NOVEMBER

16, 21 23

DECEMBER

1, 12, 15

2019

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Los Angeles, California

Mr. Ballentine returns to LA Opera as Monastatos in The Magic Flute. A dazzling celebration of love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports the audience into an enchanted world where good battles the forces of darkness. With the seamless interaction between onstage performers and projected hand-drawn animation, this inventive and charming interpretation brilliantly captures Mozart's delightful blend of high comedy and adventure.

TENOR SOLOIST

messiah

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY

DEC 2019

DECEMBER

20, 21, 22

2019

New Jersey

Find more info regarding venue, tickets, and other performers at the link below as The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra releases 2019-2020 season details.

CHARLIE PARKER

charlie parker's

yardbird

SEATTLE OPERA

FEB/MAR 2020

FEBRUARY

23, 29

MARCH

4, 7

2020

McCaw Hall

Seattle, Washington

Mr. Ballentine makes his Seattle Opera debut in the title role of Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Finding himself in a deserted limbo, the ghost of tormented jazz great and bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker struggles to complete one last masterpiece. In a series of flashbacks, the legendary saxophonist remembers the heyday of famous New York City jazz club Birdland and revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius.

HOFFMAN

tales of hoffman

OPERA LOUISIANE

APRIL 2020

APRIL

3 & 5

2020

Manship Theater at Shaw Center for the Arts

Baton Rouge, LA

Mr. Ballentine appears in the title role of Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman with Opera Louisiane.

SPORTIN' LIFE

porgy & bess

WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA

MAY 2020

MAY

9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23

2020

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington, D.C.

Mr. Ballentine reprises the role of Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess with Washington National Opera. Francesca Zambello’s adaptation of Gershwin’s beloved “folk opera” returns after playing to critical acclaim across renowned opera stages.