Jean-Luc BALLESTRA - Baritone
Born in Nice, Jean-Luc Ballestra was a member of the CNIPAL in Marseille (post-graduated opera training centre). He was awarded “best up-and-coming artist” by the Adami and by the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2007.
He made his debut at the Paris Opera in 2004 where he keeps on being regularly invited: he took part in Dialogues des Carmélites, he sang Pantalon from L’Amour des Trois Oranges, Der Steuermann from Tristan und Isolde, Silvano from Un Ballo in Maschera, Cyprien from Yvonne Princesse de Bourgogne - world premiere (with revivals at the Wiener Festwochen and La Monnaie in Brussels), Moralès from Carmen, Marco from Gianni Schicchi, Ramiro from L’Heure Espagnole, Un Capitaine Grec / Un Capitaine Troyen from Les Troyens, Schlémil from Les Contes d'Hoffmann.
In France, he regularly sang in Nice: Lescaut from Manon by Massenet and from Manon Lescaut by Puccini, Ruggiero from La Juive, Il Conte Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro, Mars from Orphée aux Enfers, Mercutio from Roméo et Juliette, Der Musiklehrer from Ariadne auf Naxos and Ping from Turandot. He was heard in such roles as Schaunard from La Bohème (Nancy and Marseille), Frédéric from Lakmé and Olivier from Capriccio (Metz), Ashton from Lucia di Lammermoor and Conrad von Wenckheim from Les Fées du Rhin (Tours), Moralès from Carmen (Montpellier), Haly from L’Italiana in Algeri and Escamillo from Carmen (Lille), Marullo from Rigoletto (Aix-en-Provence Festival) and Scarpia from Tosca (touring production in France).
On international stages, he sang Johann from Werther and Gubetta from Lucrezia Borgia (Monte-Carlo), Escamillo from Carmen (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Gregorio from Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival), Silvio from Pagliacci (Liceu in Barcelona), Ramiro and L’Horloge Comptoise / Le Chat from the double-bill L’Heure Espagnole / L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Scala in Milan, Rome), Cecco del Vecchio from Rienzi, Albert from Werther and Giacomo from Fra Diavolo (Rome), Marullo from Rigoletto, Leuthold from Guillaume Tell and Masetto from Don Giovanni (Brussels).
He made his American debut under the baton of Charles Dutoit in L’Heure Espagnole with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, then in Boston and Los Angeles. Concert wise, he also sang with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Utrecht and Amsterdam) in Roussel's Évocations conducted by James Gaffigan.
During season 2020-2021, he sings Thoas from Iphigénie en Tauride in Angers, Nantes and Rennes, Sharpless from Madama Butterfly in Metz, Gaveston from La Dame Blanche by Boieldieu in concert in Limoges and Albert from Werther in Nice.
Ravel : L'Heure Espagnole
Ramiro : "Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante..."
Opéra national de Paris - May 2018