London based baritone Ed Ballard read History at Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar in Clare and King’s College Choir, before completing his training at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Winner of The Marjorie Thomas Art Song Prize, The Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize and the Grabowski Connell Prize he was a Finalist in the Royal Overseas League singing competition and a Semi-Finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He is a Sybil Tutton and Maidment Scholarship award holder and an International Opera Awards Foundation bursary recipient. Ed made his professional stage debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, creating the title role in the world premiere of Luke Styles Macbeth for the Jerwood Young Artist project in conjunction with the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He subsequently played the title role in the baritone version of Massenet’s Wertherfor English Touring Opera in venues across the country. Other roles include Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for Royal Academy Opera, Truffaldino in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green Swallow for British Youth Opera, Death in Holst’s Savitri for Grimeborn and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas for Dartington. His concert appearances include Fauré Requiem with the Britten Sinfonia in St John’s Smith Square, Handel Messiah in King’s Place and the Royal Albert Hall, Bach Christmas Oratorio in Lichfield Cathedral and Bach Cantatas for the acclaimed RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. A keen recitalist, was a member of Academy Song Circle, with whom he made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014.