Cast Bio: Blake Friedman, Nemorino

blake-friedman-headshot-300Blake Friedman, Tenor – “The charming, sunny Blake Friedman“ (Dayton’s Most Metro) praised for “ardent singing as well as comedic [and] dramatic abilities” (Broadway World) is a “glorious tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) originally from Chicago.  Possessing a “silken and strong” (Tampa Bay Times), “fresh lyric tenor” (OperaNews Online), Blake has wowed critics and audiences alike with his “world class”, (Theatre is Easy) “powerful vocals” (Eye on Dance), “moving dynamic nuances” (The Berkshire Edge) and “climactic high notes”. (Q on Stage)  “An outstanding tenor, indeed” (MVPBS), he sings with “tenderness, delicacy and a sense of emotional sympathy” (The Berkshire Edge).  Most recently, Blake appeared as Tenor Soloist in the Liebeslieder Walzer with New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center and served as Resident Tenor for American Opera Project’s Composer’s and the Voice.  Other career highlights include: Soloist at Geffen Hall in Mozart’s Vespri Sollemnes de Confessore, Singer in Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart (BAM Fisher) and Theo Van Gogh in Van Gogh’s Ear (Clark Institute/AIER) with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Conte Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia and Pang in Turandot with St. Pete Opera, Tony Candolino in Masterclass with The Human Race Theatre, and soloist with Tampa Oratorio Singers, Key Chorale and Canterbury Choral Society.  Blake’s awards include A Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Award, Winner of The American Prize Art Song Award and encouragement grants from The Jensen Vocal Competition, The Arkadi Foundation, and Palm Beach Opera Guild.  He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and The Eastman School of Music.

St. Petersburg Opera is glad to welcome him back.