A Chicago native, “The glorious tenor, Blake Friedman”(The Berkshire Edge) currently lives in New York City. With 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). He is the current Resident Tenor for American Opera Project’s Composer and the Voice Symposium where he workshops and debuts a brand new operatic composition monthly in New York City. Most recently, Mr. Friedman has been seen as Tenor Soloist in the Liebeslieder Walzer with New York City Ballet (Koch Theater, Lincoln Center), Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Tampa Oratorio Society, Tenor in Van Gogh’s Ear (Clark Institute/AIER) and in Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart (BAM Fisher) with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, and Il Conte Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia and Pang in Turandot with St. Pete Opera. Other roles Mr. Friedman has performed include Nemorino in L’Elisir D’amore, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata and The Governor in Candide,. Awards he has received for his operatic singing include A Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges Award and recognition from The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Vocal Competition, The Arkadi Foundation Competition, and Palm Beach Opera Guild.
On the concert stage, Mr. Friedman has performed as soloist at Avery Fisher Hall (Vespri Sollemnes de Confessore) and The Walter Bruno Auditorium (Arkadi Foundation Top 10 Finalist Concert) at Lincoln Center. Other solo concert roles Mr. Friedman has performed include Handel’s Messiah and Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat. He is also the Winner of The American Prize Friederich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Art Song Award and was Honorable Mention in The Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition. Mr. Friedman holds a Master of Music and a Professional Studies Diploma from The Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music from The Eastman School of Music.