Frederick Ballentine

Frederick Ballentine
Tenor

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, tenor Frederick Ballentine is in his second season of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. In WNO’s 2017–2018 season, he sang the Messenger in Verdi’s Aida. Later this season, he will sing the Herald in Verdi’s Don Carlo and Cacambo in Bernstein’s Candide. He will also perform in Bernstein’s Songfest with the National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin. In the summer of 2017, he sang Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess at The Glimmerglass Festival. His 2016–2017 season included the roles of Luis in Terence Blanchard’s Champion with WNO, the High Priest of Amon in LA Opera’s Akhnaten, and the First Armored Man in Seattle Opera’s The Magic Flute. In 2015, he made his WNO debut as T. Morris Chester and John Lewis in the world premiere of the revised version of Philip Glass’s Appomattox. Previously a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program (2014–2016), he appeared in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, John Corigliano’s The Ghost of Versailles, and Patrick Morganelli’s highly anticipated cinematic opera Hercules vs. Vampires. He was a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera in the summer of 2015 and sang the role of Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles. He previously trained at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’s Gerdine Young Artist Program and Aspen Music Opera Center. In concert, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and with the Naples Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music) and Rice University (Master of Music).