Distinguished by the Association Music Critics of Argentina as the upcoming Lyric Singer off 2014, Argentinian tenor Santiago Ballerini has recently received great acclaim for his debut as “Lord Percy” in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena with the Opera Argentino, “Tenor Santiago Ballerini as Percy sings with a beautiful timbre and dramatic quality less commonly found in this repertoire.”
Mr. Ballerini is fast becoming sought after in South America and in the United States. Not yet 30 years old, he has made his debut at the Teatro Colon in the title role of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo. In the summer of 2015 he made his New York debut as Fernand in La Favorite with the Caramoor Festival, and debuted the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Buenos Aires and Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore in Montevideo. In 2015-16 he performed Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Buenos Aires Lirica, Count Libenskoff in Viaggio a Reims at Teatro de Bellas Artes, and Tyblat in Romeo et Juliette with the Atlanta Opera. Future engagements include Gualtiero in Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival, Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment at Atlanta Opera, Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro Colon, L’italiana in Algieri in Rio, Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Teatro Argentino, and this season he also joins the Metropolitan Opera covering the roles of Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Other recent engagements include Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliet both with Teatro Avenida, a return to Teatro Colon as Arbace in Idomeneo, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Entfürung aus dem Serail, Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, as well as Percy in Anna Bolena and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algieri at Teatro Avenida. He finished 2014 as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion at the Teatro Colon. In 2015 he also made his role debut as Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Voice Experience.
A winner of the Festivas Musicales Competition in 2013, Mr. Ballerini has been the recipient of many awards including, first place in the American Society Competition and the San Juan Opera Competition. He has also been a semi-finalist in the Francisco Vinas Competition 2015 and the Dresden and Neue Stimmen Competitions.
Santiago received his musical training at the Buenos Aires University and the Opera Studio of Opera Argentino. In the US he has furthered his training under the guidance of legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes in “Voice Experience”.