JEAN-LUC BALLESTRA (Ramiro) studied at the Centre National d’Insertion Professionelle d’Artistes Lyriques (CNIPAL). In 2007, he was named “Révélation Artiste Lyrique” at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique competition.
The French baritone has already performed at the Opéra de Paris, the Opéra de Nice, the Opéra de Marseille, the Opéra de Montpellier, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and in Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hong Kong. He also has sung at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
His repertoire includes Masetto (Don Giovanni), Silvano (Un ballo in Maschera), Marcello (La Bohème), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Albert (Werther), Escamillo (Carmen), Ramiro (L’heure espagnole), and the title role of Il Prigioniero.
Recent highlights include singing Masetto (Don Giovanni) at La Monnaie, Werther in Rome, his return to Nice in Halevy’s La Juive, and his American debut with the San Francisco Symphony in L’heure espagnole led by Charles Dutoit.
The last two seasons were marked by performances of Dialogues des Carmélites in Amsterdam, his debut at la Scala in L’heure espagnole / L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, concert performances of L’heure espagnole with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, his debut at the Verbier Festival in Carmen, and his return to the Opéra de Paris in Carmen. This new season’s highlights include his debut as Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Nice, his return to Rome in Fra Diavolo and to Paris in Gianni Schicchi, and performances of L’heure espagnole with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.