Blake Friedman, Tenor
“The charming, sunny Blake Friedman“ (Dayton’s Most Metro) praised for “ardent singing as well as comedic as well as dramatic abilities” (Broadway World) is a “glorious tenor” (The Berkshire Edge) originally from Chicago and now living in New York City. Possessing a “silken and strong” (Tampa Bay Times), “fresh lyric tenor” (OperaNews Online), Mr. Friedman 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, he appeared as Tenor Soloist in the Liebeslieder Walzer with New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Other career highlights include Tenor Soloist at Avery Fisher 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, Soloist with Tampa Oratorio Singers in Handel’s Messiah, Soloist with Key Chorale in Bach’s Magnificat and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, and Alfredo in La Traviata with Long Island Opera. Friedman’s awards include A Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Award, Winner of The American Prize Friederich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Art Song Award and encouragement grants from The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Vocal Competition, The Arkadi Foundation Competition, and Palm Beach Opera Guild. Mr. Friedman holds a Master’s and Professional Studies Diploma from The Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s from The Eastman School of Music.