Frederick Ballentine

TENOR

"BIRDLAND"
Charlie Parker's Yardbird
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"IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO—IN REHEARS..."
Porgy and Bess
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"LA FLEUR QUE TU M'AVAIS JETÉE"
Carmen
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Frederick Ballentine

During the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Ballentine made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, and returned to Seattle Opera as Charlie Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and Los Angeles Opera in Die Zauberflöte.

Seattle Opera
Charlie Parker's Yardbird, Mar-20
The Metropolitan Opera
Sportin' Life, Porgy and Bess, 2019
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Frederick Ballentine
is represented by
Alex Fletcher
Fletcher Artist Management

Schedule

Breaking the Waves
Dr. Richardson

LA Opera, 2021


La bohème
Rodolfo

Florentine Opera, 2021

Porgy and Bess
Sportin' Life

The Metropolitan Opera, 2021


Charlie Parker's Y...
Charlie Parker

Seattle Opera, 2020

Porgy and Bess
Sportin' Life

Washington National Opera, 2020

Carmen
Don José

Houston Grand Opera, 2020

Biography

During the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Ballentine made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, and returned to Seattle Opera as Charlie Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and Los Angeles Opera as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte. In concert, he made his debut with the New Jersey Symphony for Handel’s Messiah. Other original engagements for the COVID-19 shortened 2019-2020 season include the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess in a return to Washington National Opera, creating the role of Judah in the world premiere of Gregory Spears’s Castor and Patience with Cincinnati Opera, and his debut in the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Louisiane. Future seasons include additional performances of Sportin’ Life with the Metropolitan Opera, performances of Don José in Carmen with Houston Grand Opera, his first performances of Rodolfo in La bohème with Florentine Opera, and Dr. Richardson in Breaking the Waves with Los Angeles 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.
"Rounding out the cast, Frederick Ballentine turned in a superb performance as Candide's sidekick, Cacambo, whose sweet tenor paired well with that of Shrader."
— Washington Classical Review

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