Cited by the New York Times for the “plummy fullness and dusky hue” of his voice and by the New York Classical Review for his voice’s “buttery top,” tenor Blake Friedman has been seen on operatic, concert and theatrical stages across the United States. He recently made his Dallas Opera debut last season in the Donizetti and Company concert while also covering Florian in Der Ring des Polykrates by Korngold. Has served for the past two seasons as the Resident Tenor of American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice Symposium. During his residency, Blake was privileged to workshop a new piece on a monthly basis written specifically with his voice in mind. Other recent performances include his critically acclaimed portrayal of Irving Tashman in the New York City Premiere of Morning Star by Ricky Ian Gordon with On Site Opera and Edoardo Milfort with The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Roles Blake has performed include Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore, Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Alfredo in Traviata, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Iago in Rossini’s Otello.
Notable concert performances include Tenor Soloist in Liebeslieder Walzer with New York City Ballet, Nicolas in Britten’s St. Nicolas, The Evangelist in Bach’s The Passion According to St. Matthew, and tenor soloist in Bach’s B-Minor Mass with Canterbury Choral Society, NYC, Handel’s Messiah (Tampa Oratorio Singers), Tenor Soloist in Verdi Requiem and Bach’s B-Minor Mass with Choral Artists of Sarasota, Bach’s Magnificat and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Key Chorale, Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day with the Gregory Kunde Chorale, and Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Astoria Symphony. He also performed the North American Premiere of a new adaptation of The St. Matthew’s Passion written by Eastern Orthodox Arch Bishop Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev with the Salome Chamber Ensemble and New York Virtuosic Singers at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City, attended by the Arch Bishop himself.
At the theatre, Blake has appeared as Tony Candolino in Masterclass with The Human Race Theatre at The Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio; Theo Van Gogh in Van Gogh’s Ear presented by Ensemble for the Romantic Century in association with The Clark Institute in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Singer in Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart with Ensemble for the Romantic Century at BAM.
Blake’s awards and honors include a Career Bridges Grant from The Schuyler Foundation (2014), Winner of The American Prize: Friederich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Art Song Competition (2011), Honorable Mention in The Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol V Competition (2011), a Palm Beach Opera Guild Encouragement Award (2011) and Honorable Mention in the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition (2010). He has also placed as a finalist in The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition (2013), The Arkadi Foundation Classical Idol Competition (Top 10, 2013), and The New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition (2010). Blake holds both a Master of Music and Professional Studies Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he was the recipient of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Scholarship Award/Richard Rodgers Scholar and received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of a Howard Hanson Scholarship.