Robert Balonek has performed everything from bass-baritone oratorio work, such as the Haydn Creation and last season’s Canterbury Choral Society revival of the Oratorio di San Francesco (Ariani), to lyric operatic baritone roles such as Silvio (Pagliacci) and Figaro (Barber of Seville) throughout the United States. Extremely versatile in his acting, dancing, and singing, Robert has been praised by Opera News as having a “commanding, steely baritone and a direct, crystal-clear delivery.” A Winston-Salem Journal writer put it this way: “Balonek . . . might well be the most acrobatic opera singer I have ever seen. His antics are dazzling, and his voice is, too.”
Robert’s collaborations have often included new compositions and rarely performed ones. New York premieres and world premieres include works by Lee Hoiby, Gerald Cohen, Mohammed Fairouz, Victor Herbert, Richard Wargo, M. Zachary Johnson, Stefania DeKenessey, Raphaël Lucas, and Seymour Barab.
Robert has recorded the role of Prospero in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest as well as Father Francis in Raphaël Lucas’s Confession for Albany Records. He has also won awards from Opera Index, Liederkranz, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Career Bridges, and Central City Opera.
In 2019, Robert performs the title roles in Owen Wingrave (Britten), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Saul (Handel), as well as Schaunard (Puccini's Bohème), Colline (Leoncavallo's Bohème), Il Boscaiolo (Respighi’s La Bella Dormente nel Bosco), and Father Francis (Confession). More at www.robertbalonek.com.