Born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY, Blake was the son of a mink farmer. After graduating from high school in Peru, he studied music first at the State University of New York at Fredonia and then at The Catholic University of America. On leaving Catholic University, he served for three years in the United States Navy as a member of the Sea Chanters male chorus and later as a soloist with the US Navy Band. During that time, he continued his voice training with Renata Carisio Booth, who had been his teacher since his school days.
He made his solo opera debut in 1976 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as Lindoro in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, and made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera House in 1981 in the same role, with Marilyn Horne as his Isabella. He went on to become one of the leading Rossini singers of his generation, singing regularly at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro since his debut there in 1983. He made his only stage appearance at La Scala in 1992 as Giacomo in La donna del lago. It was La Scala's first production of the opera in 150 years and was staged to mark the bicentenary of Rossini's birth.
Although several critics have expressed reservations about the intrinsic slightly harsh timbre of his voice, his two-and-a-half octave range and mastery of florid vocal technique and coloratura, have made him a successful interpreter not only of Rossini's tenore contraltino roles (in whose recent revival he has been a chief protagonist), but also of operas by Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini and Handel. Within that repertoire, Blake has sung in over 40 operas, including relative rarities such as Rossini's Zelmira, Mozart's' Zaide, Donizetti's Il Furioso all'Isola San Domingo, Haydn's L'Infedelta Delusa and Boieldieu's La Dame blanche. Blake has also been active in the orchestral and oratorio tenor repertoire, performing in works by Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Britten, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, and Stravinsky.
Since 2001 he has increasingly devoted himself to teaching and has given master classes at the Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana in Milan, the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Duke University in North Carolina, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, the Hamburg Staatsoper, and the Chicago Lyric Opera young artists program.
His last appearances on the opera stage were as Uberto in Rossini's La donna del lago (Lisbon, 2005) and as Libenskoff in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (Montecarlo, 2005). He currently resides in Plattsburgh, New York and is serving as a vocal consultant for the Music Department at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
L'ARTE DI STARE IN SCENA. La Master class è finalizzata alla realizzazione di scene d'opera: arie - duetti - terzetti - quartetti
Tutte le scene filmate saranno inserite Online nei SITI del Maestro e dell'Accademia della Voce del Piemonte
MasterClass 10-17 Apr 2017
TECNICA E INTERPRETAZIONE
L'ARTE DEL GRANDE TENORE AMERICANO
Prezzo € 450
Price € 450
Lezioni singole. Potrai approfondire con l'artista/docente le arie e l'opera che hai proposto. Al termine del Master Class è previsto un Concerto Finale Sabato 17 Aprile 2017 presso l'Aula Magna Rettorato Università di Torino.Alla master Class non possono partecipare più di dieci giovani cantanti.
Maestro Accompagnatore: Giannandrea Agnoletto
Single lesson. You can inprove arie and opera that you submitted. At the end of the MasterClass, on Saturday 21st of February there will be a Final Concert in the Aula Magna Rettorato Università di Torino. At the Master Class can study only ten singers.
Accompanist: Sergio Merletti, piano
PER ISCRIVERSI € 200
ACCADEMIA DELLA VOCE DEL PIEMONTE
IBAN IT 96U0200801105000104313529
Saldo di 250 € in contanti al primo giorno del Master
TO SUBSCRIBE € 200
Payoff: € 250 cash during the first day of the master
Sede / Location
MasterClass: Sede Accademia della voce.
Via Piazzi 27, Torino, Italy
Concerto Finale: Aula Magna - Università degli studi di Torino