Santiago Ballerini is recognized in the Americas as one of the leading tenors in Bel Canto repertoire. Respected and celebrated by his colleagues, directors and theaters around the world, Ballerini hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has sung in all major opera houses in South and north America. Ballerini will be covering the roles of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Count Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in season 2016- 2017. He also returns this season to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as il Tenor Italiano in “Der RosenKavalier” from Strauss and as Don Ramiro in “Cenerentola” at Teatro Argentino.
This past season, Ballerini made his United States debut at the Caramoor Festival in New York as Fernand in “La Favorite” to rave reviews. He will return to Caramoor in July of 2017 to sing Gualtiero in Bellini’s “Il Pirata.” He also sang the role of Tybalt with The Atlanta Opera in its production of “Romeo et Juliette”in 2016.
After singing the role of Conde Libenskof in “Il Viaggio a Reims” at the prestigious Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 2016, Ballerini returned to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires to sing Jünge Graf in Zimmerman’s “Die Soldaten.”
In January of 2016, Ballerini was awarded the Grand Prize at the “Laguna Magica” international Vocal Competition in Chile, receiving invitations to sing Cassio in Otello with Teatro Artgentino and to sing with Tenerife Opera. Ballerini was a semifinalist in the “Fancisc Vinas” at the Liceu Theatre and the Argentine Finalist at the Neue Stimmen Competition in Dresden, Germany. He won First Prize at the National Competition of “Festivals Musicales,” The “ Americas society Competition,” and the “Opera San Juan Competition.”
Highlights of past seasons include performances at Teatro Solis in Montevideo singing the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore”
In 2014, Ballerini was awarded the “Upcoming Opera Singer” in Argentina by the Congress of Argentina and the Argentine Association of Critics. He also was a featured soloist for the “50th MET Anniversary Gala” honoring Sherrill Milnes, and was a scholarship recipient to study with Mr. Milnes. Before starting his professional singing career, Ballerini was a pianist for nine years, and also studied Music Therapy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, specializing in addiction treatment.
“Com’è Gentil” Ernesto from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.
Tenor: Santiago Ballerini
Piano: Valerie Pool
At the Coob Energy Center for The Atlanta Opera.
Il Viaggio a Reims de G. Rossini
Teatro Bellas Artes. Mexico
Una furtiva lagrima. Donizetti.
“È serbato a questo acciaro” from I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Bellini
Tebaldo: Santiago Ballerini
Dir: Jorge Parodi
Coro y orquesta de Buenos Aires Lirica