Soprano Jamie Balter returned to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and La Chatte/L’Écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. A National Semfinalist of the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition and The American Prize in Voice, Ms. Balter began the 2016 season as a guest artist in From Heidelberg to Hanover, where she performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs in addition to selections from Lohengrin, Der Freischütz, and Tannhäuser with Lyric Opera Baltimore Artistic Director, James Harp. She was a young artist at the Russian Opera Workshop where she covered Zemfira in Rachmaninoff’s Aleko and the title role in an abridged version of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. In the 2015 season, Ms. Balter made her company debut with the Hawai'i Performing Arts Festival as Second Lady in its production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a role she recently performed to great acclaim with Chicago Summer Opera. Her other engagements have included appearances with the Harrower Opera Workshop, where she covered the role of Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff and sang Countess in selections from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Balter joined James Harp in An Evening of Opera & Song, in June 2015, where she headlined a diverse program featuring works by Gluck, Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, and Blitzstein.
Ms. Balter holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. During her tenure, she appeared with the award-winning Frost Opera Theatre in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Daugherty’s Jackie O, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica. In addition, Ms. Balter performed in scenes from Die Walküre (Sieglinde); Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi); Turn of the Screw (Mrs. Grose); Dido and Aeneas (Dido); The Fairy Queen (Mopsa); La Bohème (Musetta); and L’Amico Fritz (Caterina), among others.
Ms. Balter has been invited to perform in masterclasses with Benita Valente, Carleen Graham, Thor Eckert, Susan Shiplett Ashbaker, Andreas Mitisek, Indra Thomas, Jason Ferrante, and Lisa Reagan Love. She has coached extensively with Caren Levine, and is currently a student of Justin John Moniz.
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