Robert Balonek is the embodiment of the new "look" American baritone, with a highly attractive and distinctive timbre, dynamic delivery while sustaining a beautiful legato, plus a handsome, "dashing" stage presence and natural acting style augmented by training as a dancer.
He is a recent graduate of the Mannes Opera program, prior to which he studied at the State University of New York at Purchase. As a student, he appeared at Mannes as Ford in Falstaff and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and, at SUNY Purchase, in the title roled of Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi, Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, among others. Other roles in his repertoire include the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Marcello in La Boheme. This season, he will debut in Canada and Escamillo in Carmen for Opera Hamilton and sing the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro for Salt Marsh Opera.
He is the recipient of awards from Opera Index, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, the Liederkranz Foundation, Central City Opera, and Career Bridges.
His teachers Bonnie Hamilton, Anthony Manoli, Jacques Trussel, John Moriarty, Regina Resnik, Gerry Hecht, Joan Kruger, Dr. Sheryl Overholt, and Hugh Murphy.