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Frederick Ballentine


Frederick Ballentine


Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, promising young tenor Frederick Ballentine joined the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the fall of 2016, where he performed Luis Griffith in Champion and made a role debut as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro. He also created the roles of T. Morris Chester and Senator John Lewis in the world premiere of Appomattox to rave reviews, also with the Washington National Opera. He is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, where he appeared in their productions of Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, as well as Patrick Morganelli’s cinematic opera Hercules vs Vampires. 

The 2018-2019 season begins with company debuts with English National Opera and De Nederlandse Opera as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess, a role he also sings in a return to Cincinnati Opera later in the season. Elsewhere, he debuts the role of Don José in Carmen with Annapolis Opera and sings subsequent performances with Seattle Opera, and sings in concert with Wolf Trap Opera’s Chamber Music at the Barn series.

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 Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Aspen Music Opera Center.

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 Operato 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 Prt’s Miserere, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela as Pang in Turandot. He is also featured on Placido Doming’s newest Christmas album, My Christmas.

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