Jean-Luc Ballestra



Jean-Luc Ballestra studied at the Centre National d’Insertion Professionelle d’Artistes Lyriques (CNIPAL).

In 2007 he was awarded ‘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, the Monnaie in Brussels, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hong Kong. He also sung at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence and with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

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“Ballestra’s Marcello vocally dominates the rest of the cast, and although it’s his debut in the role, his portrayal of the character is already well-rounded. The voice is muscular, effortlessly produced and has a captive tone (translated from French)”

José Pons

Opéra magazine

“Son aisance et son expression sans détour collent très bien au costume de bellâtre des arènes que Sivadier lui a taillé.
[His ease and franc expression fit his costume very well. It represents a fop of the arenas and was fashioned for him by Sivadier.]

Emmanuel Dupuy