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Tenor

Frederick Ballentine

"mightily impressive"
- Seen and Heard International

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Anna Fauth
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Biography Highlights

 
 

Current and Future Engagements

Return to the Metropolitan Opera ​as Sportin’ Life in ​Porgy and Bess; Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Cinncinati Opera; Miles Zegner in​ Proving Up w​ith ​Lyric Opera of Chicago; Don José Carmen* H​ouston Grand Opera’s; Herr Vogelsang in a digital production of Mozart’s ​The Impresario.  ​Houston Grand Opera ​in recital with Lawrence Brownlee; filmed recital from ​Seattle Opera’s T​agney Jones Hall.  Judah in the world premiere of ​Castor and Patience at ​Cincinnati Opera​.

 
 

Recent Engagements

Returns to Seattle Opera ​as Charlie Parker in C​harlie Parker’s Yardbird ​; ​Los Angeles Opera a​s Monastatos in D​ie Zauberflöte​return to W​ashington National Opera as Sportin’ Life in ​Porgy and Bess*,  debut in the title role of ​Les contes d’Hoffmann w​ith ​Opera Louisiane (​ postponed). Don José in C​armen ​with A​nnapolis Opera​ and with the Seattle Opera; Debut with the N​ew Jersey Symphony as tenor soloist Handel’s ​Messiah.  Reverend Parris in Robert Ward’s T​he Crucible a​ t the G​limmerglass Festival ​under the direction of Francesca Zambello, as well as a return to L​os Angeles Opera  as Amon in Phillip Glass's A​khnaten. European Debut as Sportin’ Life in P​orgy and Bess at theE​nglish National Opera​ and D​e Nederlandse Opera​.

 
 

Training and awards

Graduate of the Cafritz Young Artists of Washington National Opera​ and the L​os Angeles Opera’s Domingo Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program;  Filene Young Artist with W​olf Trap Opera,​ where he sang Count Almaviva in T​he Ghosts of Versailles. He has also trained with the A​spen Music Opera Center ​and T​he Opera Theatre of St. Louis​, who awarded him the T​ elma Steward Endowed Artist Alumni Award​.

 
 

Portraits

Frederick Ballentine, Tenor
© Jens Fauth
 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Metropolitan Opera - Gershwin - Porgy and Bess - Sportin’ Life

Tenor Frederick Ballentine made his Met debut as Sportin’ Life, sinuously sinister despite his ingratiating mien, less the clown than he is sometimes played, and with a vocal authority that made it sound as if he had commanded this huge stage for years.
 

- Anne Midgette , Washington Post

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tenor Frederick Ballentine, as the jaded, dope-peddling Sportin’ Life, could not have been better.
 

- Anthony Tommasini , The New York Times

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Ballentine’s Sportin’ Life was the personification of a slippery rattlesnake, as Bess calls him in their final confrontation. Often placed on the extremes of the stage to emphasize his status as an outsider of the wholesome community, he would slide his way on stage with a charm and charisma that was visible nowhere else in the Met on Monday. He danced, he glided, and more importantly, he sang with a flexible tenor that moved from malleable and bright in “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” to harsh and virile in the final scene with Bess.
 

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