Texarkana, Texas native, operatic baritone and actor Aaron Ball has been praised for his expressiveness and high energy performances on both stage and screen. Career highlights include the leading role of Don Perizonio as guest artist for CSUN Opera’s production of the North American premiere of Cimarosa’s 1787 opera farsa L’impresario in angustie, the Southern California premiere of James Robinson’s production of John Adams' controversial masterpiece The Death of Klinghoffer and the U.S. premiere of Gabriela Ortiz's Camelia la Tajana – both for Long Beach Opera, as well as the world premiere of John Haukoos’ one-act opera The Dream Maker, in which Aaron created the role of Kirk Euston.

Aaron’s roles include Don Giovanni, Yeletsky, Scarpia, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Sharpless, Papageno, Escamillo, Falke, Morel (in West Coast premiere performances of Massenet's Thérèse), Peter/Vater (Hänsel und Gretel), and Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors).

Aaron sings regularly for Independent Opera Company in Los Angeles where in the current season he debuted the roles of Grégorio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Prince Leopold Maria in Kálmán’s rarely-produced 1915 operetta The Gipsy Princess (the composer’s daughter attending the opening night performance).

An advocate for opera education and outreach, Aaron also performed this season the leading role of Dubuque LaCross in Nancy Steele Brokow’s Baobob, a short opera co-produced by the University of California, Merced and Prairie Fire Children’s Opera that reached thousands of school-aged children in the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Area over the course of a week.

Upcoming performances this season include Aaron’s Carnegie Hall debut with Angels Vocal Art in September, Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium in October, and the title role in Don Giovanni in November, both IOC productions. In July of 2020, Aaron will create the role of Red in the world premiere production of Peter Wing Healy’s The Tree for Mesopotamian Opera in Los Angeles.

In concert, Aaron has appeared as soloist for much of the standard oratorio and concert cannons as well as for the premieres of new works by composers Glenn Longacre (Exalted) and Nancy Reeves (Requiem).

As a musician-actor, Aaron excels in spoken word and narration for contemporary classical works having performed all three roles in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale for the Los Angeles Valley Chamber Ensemble, Aaron Alon’s Soul Flow for TEMPO, and most recently, Frederic Rzewski’s minimalist masterpieces Coming Together (1971) and Attica (1972) with the Valley Chamber Ensembles. As a core member of the Valley Chamber Ensembles, Aaron champions and regularly performs new and underproduced twentieth and twenty-first century works.

On screen, Ball can be seen as "Mr. Projector," a character of his own creation, in the Paul Bunnell feature film The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012). Additionally, Ball is known for his childhood work in the independent films of Charles B. Pierce, films for which his father, John, worked as production designer and art director. Ball’s screen debut was in Pierce’s The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), which recently underwent a 4K restoration from the Eastman Museum and will see its theatrical re-release and first appearance on blu-ray later this year. In June, Mr. Ball will be appearing as a Q&A panelist for the red-carpet premiere of the restored version of the film in the theatre of the film’s original premiere, The Perot (formerly The Paramount) in Texarkana, Texas, the city of his birth.

Aaron is the creator and host of the online streaming program Mr. Wotan’s Analogue Opera Show, which he broadcasts from his home studio in Long Beach, California where he resides with his husband, Emmy Award-winning costume designer Randall Christensen (ABC’s Dancing With the Stars), and their two dogs Arthur and Sabine.

An alumnus of the prestigious Frost School of Music's Lieder program, Aaron performed recitals and concerts throughout Salzburg, Austria in conjunction with the 2014 Salzburg Festival. Aaron is also an alumnus of the artist programs LA Vocal Lab and Angels Vocal Art where, as part of the later program, he worked with internationally acclaimed tenor Vittorio Grigolo.

Aaron is the winner of the 2017 CSUN Concerto/Aria competition and holds both his BM and MM in vocal performance from California State University, Northridge. He is a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the only musical honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success.

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Ball holds both his BM and MM from California State University, Northridge.

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