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Texas-born operatic baritone and actor Aaron Ball has been praised for his expressiveness and interpretive prowess in his performances on both stage and screen. Career highlights include the Southern California premiere of John Adams' controversial masterpiece "The Death of Klinghoffer" and the U.S. premiere of Gabriela Ortiz's "Camelia la Tajana" for Long Beach Opera. Roles include Scarpia, Prince Yeletsky, Don Giovanni, Sharpless, Papageno, Escamillo, Falke, Morel (in West Coast premiere performances of Massenet's "Thérèse"), Peter/Vater ("Hänsel und Gretel"), and both Balthazar and Melchior ("Amahl and the Night Visitors"). In 2016, Ball created the role of Kirk Euston in John Haukoos’ opera “The Dream Maker.”

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

As an musician-actor, Ball 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 member of the Valley Chamber Ensembles, Ball 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).

An alumnus of the prestigious Frost School of Music's Lieder program, Ball performed recitals and concerts throughout Salzburg, Austria in conjunction with the 2014 Salzburg Festival. He is also an alumnus of the artist programs LA Vocal Lab, and Angels Vocal Art.

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

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