Joel Balzun

baritone and composer

Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

La traviata

appearing as "Marchese d'Obigny" with Pacific Opera Project. Josh Shaw, director. Jesse Leong, conductor.

Thorne Hall of Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

*before this performance, there will be a Champagne Brunch. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

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Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

La bohème

role debut as "Marcello" with Pacific Opera Project in their 4th annual production of "La bohème AKA The Hipsters." Directed by Josh Shaw; with Parisa Reaves conducting from the piano.

*Please note that this performance is double-cast; be careful when buying tickets! (or buy tickets for two consecutive performances just to be safe and see two wonderful casts)

Highland Park Ebell Club: Los Angeles, CA

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Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

La bohème

role debut as "Marcello" with Pacific Opera Project in their 4th annual production of "La bohème AKA The Hipsters." Directed by Josh Shaw; with Parisa Reaves conducting from the piano.

*Please note that this performance is double-cast; be careful when buying tickets! (or buy tickets for two consecutive performances just to be safe and see two wonderful casts)

Highland Park Ebell Club: Los Angeles, CA

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Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

La bohème

role debut as "Marcello" with Pacific Opera Project in their 4th annual production of "La bohème AKA The Hipsters." Directed by Josh Shaw; with Parisa Reaves conducting from the piano.

*Please note that this performance is double-cast; be careful when buying tickets! (or buy tickets for two consecutive performances just to be safe and see two wonderful casts)

Highland Park Ebell Club: Los Angeles, CA

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Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

La bohème

role debut as "Marcello" with Pacific Opera Project in their 4th annual production of "La bohème AKA The Hipsters." Directed by Josh Shaw; with Parisa Reaves conducting from the piano.

*Please note that this performance is double-cast; be careful when buying tickets! (or buy tickets for two consecutive performances just to be safe and see two wonderful casts)

Highland Park Ebell Club: Los Angeles, CA

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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

NATS YAA Recital

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A recital given as part of Joel Balzun's first place win in the 2018 NATS-LA Gwendolyn Roberts Young Artist Auditions, featuring the world premiere of Kevin Garnica's "O Magnet-South," which was commissioned by Joel Balzun. Also on the program are works by Ginastera, Grieg, Mahler, Poulenc, Strauss, and others. With Kevin Garnica, piano

California Heights United Methodist Church: 3759 Orange Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

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Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Arabella

Covering "Mandryka" in this English-language production. Dorothy Danner, stage director. Brent McMunn, conductor.

*Opening night party to follow at the Cabaret Lounge of Winchester Thurston School.

Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School: Pittsburgh, PA

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Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

La Bohème Warhola

A reimagined telling of Puccini's beloved La bohème with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; appearing as "Schaunard" in this English-language production. Louisa Proske, stage director. Daniel Schlosberg, conductor.

Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School: Pittsburgh, PA

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Jul
14
7:30 PM19:30

La Bohème Warhola

A reimagined telling of Puccini's beloved La bohème with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; appearing as "Schaunard" in this English-language production. Louisa Proske, stage director. Daniel Schlosberg, conductor.

Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School: Pittsburgh, PA

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Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

La Bohème Warhola

A reimagined telling of Puccini's beloved La bohème with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; appearing as "Schaunard" in this English-language production. Louisa Proske, stage director. Daniel Schlosberg, conductor.

Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School: Pittsburgh, PA

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Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

La Bohème Warhola

A reimagined telling of Puccini's beloved La bohème with Pittsburgh Festival Opera; appearing as "Schaunard" in this English-language production. Louisa Proske, stage director. Daniel Schlosberg, conductor.

*Opening night party to follow at the Cabaret Lounge of Winchester Thurston School.

Falk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School: Pittsburgh, PA

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Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

Amelia Goes to the Ball

appearing as "Amelia's Husband" with Independent Opera Company in Gian Carlo Menotti's rarely-performed one-act opera. This is programmed as a triple bill with P. D. Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest and Dale Jergenson's One Penny Opera. Directed by Carol Becker, with Galina Barskaya at the piano.

Venue TBA.

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Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Amelia Goes to the Ball

appearing as "Amelia's Husband" with Independent Opera Company in Gian Carlo Menotti's rarely-performed one-act opera. This is programmed as a triple bill with P. D. Q. Bach's The Stoned Guest and Dale Jergenson's One Penny Opera. Directed by Carol Becker, with Galina Barskaya at the piano.

Venue TBA.

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Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Le portrait de Manon

Faculty cover for "Des Grieux" in Massenet's Le portrait de Manon at Fullerton College. Also featured on the program is Act IV from Massenet's Manon. Aram Barsamian, stage director and musical director, with Christopher Luthi at the piano.

Fullerton College Recital Hall: Fullerton, CA

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Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

Le portrait de Manon

Faculty cover for "Des Grieux" in Massenet's Le portrait de Manon at Fullerton College. Also featured on the program is Act IV from Massenet's Manon. Aram Barsamian, stage director and musical director, with Christopher Luthi at the piano.

Fullerton College Recital Hall: Fullerton, CA

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Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Le portrait de Manon

Faculty cover for "Des Grieux" in Massenet's Le portrait de Manon at Fullerton College. Also featured on the program is Act IV from Massenet's Manon. Aram Barsamian, stage director and musical director, with Christopher Luthi at the piano.

Fullerton College Recital Hall: Fullerton, CA

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Nov
18
1:30 PM13:30

Balzun Studio Recital

Together with my students from Biola University and Fullerton College, we will present a recital, celebrating diversity through song. A wide array of composers will be presented, representing each singer's heritage - including songs from Colombia, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, Sweden, and Taiwan. Free admission.

Lansing Recital Hall at Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

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Oct
28
9:30 AM09:30

Lynx Project: Autism Advocacy Project

World premiere of My light, my mind, and my dreams, for medium-high voice and piano. Performed by members of Lynx Project (Caitleen Kahn, soprano; Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano; Steven Humes, tenor; Florence Mak, piano). Poetry by Ryan Harris, Sameer Dahar, Rithik Sinhasan, and Rahul Sivaruban.

Sensory friendly and for the ASD Community.

Cincinnati Art Museum: Cincinnati, OH.

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Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Lynx Project: Autism Advocacy Project

World premiere of My light, my mind, and my dreams, for medium-high voice and piano. Performed by members of Lynx Project (Caitleen Kahn, soprano; Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano; Steven Humes, tenor; Florence Mak, piano). Poetry by Ryan Harris, Sameer Dahar, Rithik Sinhasan, and Rahul Sivaruban.

Family-oriented and interactive.

Mason Middle School: Mason, OH. 

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Biola New Music Ensemble

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World premiere of Warhol Pop, for violin, clarinet, and piano. Performed by Biola New Music Ensemble, directed by Robert Denham.

With Hanbo Ma, Mr. Balzun will also perform Martin Ritter's Going Home.

Lansing Recital Hall at Biola University: La Mirada, CA.

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Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Russian Romances Concert

Along with the other participants in Ghenady Meirson's "Russian Opera Workshop," this will be an evening of Russian art song comprising composers from the classical era all the way to the end of the 20th century.

Helen Corning Warden Theater at Academy of Vocal Arts: Philadelphia, PA

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