Blake Friedman (Don Curzio) has been cited by The New York Times for the “plummy fullness and dusky hue” of his voice and by the New York Classical Review for his voice’s “buttery top.” He made his Carnegie Hall–Stern Auditorium debut last season singing Anatol in the quintet from Barber’s Vanessa for the Manhattan School of Music Centennial Gala conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. He made his Chautauqua Opera debut singing the role of Almaviva in both Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano. Opera News praised his “romantic and funny” portrayal of Almaviva saying the canzonetta “Se il mio nome proved a highlight.” Blake has performed at The Dallas Opera, Chautauqua Opera, On Site Opera, LoftOpera, St. Pete Opera and Ash Lawn Opera. Notable performances include his critically acclaimed portrayal of Irving Tashman in the New York City Premiere of Morning Star by Ricky Ian Gordon with On Site Opera and Iago in Rossini’s Otello with LoftOpera. A champion of new American music, Blake served as the resident tenor for American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice Symposium from 2015-2018. He made his Prototype Opera Festival debut as Jimmy Smith in the reading of Stinney: An American Execution by Frances Pollock. On the concert stage, he has performed soloist engagements with New York Choral Society, New York City Ballet, Ensemble for the Romantic Century, Choral Artists of Sarasota, Key Chorale, and York Symphony.