Ed Ballard (baritone) was born in London, where he began singing as a chorister at the Temple Church. He went on to sing in Clare and King’s College choirs in Cambridge, where he read history, before taking up a place at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Glenville Hargreaves and Audrey Hyland. After graduating with Distinction and DipRAM from his postgraduate studies, Ed joined Royal Academy Opera and is now in his final year, supported by the Howard de Walden and Carr-Gregory Scholarships.
Operatic roles include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia, Pandolfe Cendrillon and the title role in Gianni Schicchi (all with Royal Academy Opera); Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shadwell Opera); Truffaldino in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow and cover Chao Lin in Judith Weir’s A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera); Aeneas Dido and Aeneas for Dartington, and chorus for Glyndebourne in 2013 and forthcoming in 2015.
Concert appearances include Fauré Requiem with the Britten Sinfonia in St John’s Smith Square, Handel Messiah with the Orchestra of St John in King’s Place and Bach Cantatas for the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. A keen recitalist, Ed is also a member of Academy Song Circle with whom he made his Wigmore Hall debut in February 2014.
Winner of the Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, two Sybil Tutton Opera Awards and a Maidment Scholarship administered by Help Musicians UK, Ed is immensely grateful for the support of an International Opera Awards Bursary, the Kathleen Trust, the John Wates Charitable Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust.