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Ed Ballard

Baritone

Biography

Born in London, Ed studied at Cambridge University before training at the Royal Academy of Music and with the Royal Academy Opera. Winner of the Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, he was a Maidment Scholar, a Sybil Tutton Award holder and an International Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient. Ed made his professional stage debut creating the title role in the world premiere of Luke Styles Macbeth for the Jerwood Young Artist Scheme at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with performances at Glyndebourne and the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. He has since appeared in the title role in the baritone version of Werther, Ernest Shackleton in Russell Hepplewhite’s Shackleton’s Cat, cover Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Marco in Gianni Schicchi for English Touring Opera, Pandolfe in Cendrillon for Theater Freiburg and cover Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. His other roles include Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia (Royal Academy Opera), Truffaldino in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow and cover Chao Lin in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Edinburgh Fringe) and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Dartington). Future plans include Algernon Montcrief in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest for Opera de Fribourg, with performances in Fribourg and Paris in Spring 2019 and house debuts in Germany in 2020.