On stage this season at the Metropolitan Opera as Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess...
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 has 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 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 makes a return to Cincinnati Opera later in the season in the same role. Additionally, he debuts the role of Don José in Carmen with Annapolis Opera, and sings in concert with Wolf Trap Opera’s Chamber Music at the Barn series.
15 October 2019 | 35 mins 33 secs
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At the Met this season for Porgy and Bess as Sportin' Life, Frederick Ballentine talks about playing the villain, on-stage community, and his advice for young singers.