Biography

Bass-baritone Derrick Ballard has appeared with opera companies and orchestras across Europe and North America, to great acclaim. For his role debut as Kaspar in Der Freischütz, Opera News wrote: “The hero of both evenings was Gärtnerplatz newcomer Derrick Ballard, whose Kaspar was sung with extraordinary fullness of tone, and whose acting painted a brilliant picture of outer self-confidence and inner conflict.” With his “warm and multi-faceted” voice (Opernwelt), he is equally comfortable on the opera and concert stage, excelling in music ranging from Baroque to modern.

In the 2011-2012 season Derrick Ballard appears at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich in new productions of The Bartered Bride (Kecal), The Mikado (Mikado), and The Cunning Little Vixen (Forester), as well as returning productions of Die Zauberflöte, The Love for Three Oranges, and Der Freischütz. He makes his role debut as the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen for the Wuppertaler Bühnen. In February 2012 Mr. Ballard makes his Austrian debut as Anton Schnappauf in Wilhelm Kienzl’s Der Evangelimann at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.

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