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Media & Video Director
Texarkana, Texas native Aaron Ball is an award-winning operatic baritone, actor, stage director, audiobook narrator, video producer, business leader, educator, author, organizational and individual coach, and leading advocate and consultant for the performing arts.
Hailed as ”a master of declamation and interpretation... a wonderful voice with enumerable vocal shadings... and flexibility of expression,” (Sharon Mabry, Journal of Singing; author, Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music), Aaron's 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, the role of Morel in the West Coast premiere of Massenet’s Therese, and the role of Joseph Berthold in the West Coast premiere of Offenbach’s Le 66 for Mission Opera among other notable premieres.
Aaron’s signature roles include, among others, Don Giovanni, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Papageno, Escamillo, Falke, Sweeney Todd, Peter/Vater (Hänsel und Gretel), and Mr. Gobineau (The Medium).
Aaron has appeared in leading and principal roles with Long Beach Opera, Pacific Lyric Opera, Mission Opera, and Independent Opera Company and has soloed with the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Valley Chamber Ensemble, and TEMPO among other company and concert appearances.
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); he is also an accomplished recitalist with a passion for art song performance, particularly for song cycles.
Earlier last season, Aaron was engaged as both director and performer for IOC’s very popular IOC Stars in Concert series — a series of concerts co-produced by Aaron’s award-winning performing arts production and consulting firm, Command virFormance, premiering as livestreams and available for limited periods on-demand for a global audience. As famed Yiddish poet and Holocaust survivor Abraham Sutzkever, Aaron worked closely with composer Lori Laitman in preparing and performing her powerful song cycle for baritone, piano and cello The Seed of Dream to great international acclaim as well as a program of Rachmaninoff songs as part of this successful series.
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.
An alumnus of University of Miami Frost School of Music’s prestigious Lieder program, Aaron performed recitals and concerts throughout Salzburg, Austria in conjunction with the 2014 Salzburg Festival where he worked with acclaimed American singers baritone Thomas Hampson and soprano Hellen Donath (a fellow Texan). 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 international star tenor Vittorio Grigolo in 2015 and went on to make his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the AVA ensemble and orchestra in September of 2019.
On screen, Ball can be seen most recently 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 underwent a 4K restoration from the Eastman Museum in 2019 and enjoyed a limited nationwide theatrical re-release for much of that year leading to its first ever appearance on commercial blu-ray. An accomplished audiobook narrator, Aaron’s most recent audiobook production – a narration of author and cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn’s best-selling The Beast of Boggy Creek – The True Story of the Fouke Monster, a book about Pierce’s landmark film and the legendary creature that inspired it, will be commercially released by Beacon Audiobooks in early summer 2022.
With a professional history steeped in strategic planning, business and talent development, and video and audio production, Aaron is quickly being recognized as a top leader in the new discipline of remote production for the performing arts and the groundbreaking new genres being developed out of this discipline. As an advocate for the integration of the cinematic arts with live performance, Aaron serves as principal and creative director for his company Command virFormance offering performing arts organizations beginning-to-end solutions for digital delivery of traditionally live production models as well as production design for opera productions including the design and implementation of large-scale, virtual sets, animations, and video production/direction. Additionally, CvF’s world-class associates work with organizations to help build new (“virtual”) production models that make best use of the technologies and skills needed to successfully integrate long-term and effective strategies for digital delivery with existing strategies for live performance production.
In 2020, Aaron created and directed through CvF the trailer for client Mission Opera’s electrifying pandemic-era, filmed version of Menotti’s The Medium, in which Aaron also performed the role of Mr. Gobineau alongside Metropolitan Opera veteran Janet Hopkins. In June of 2021, the trailer for this production won Aaron, his company, and his client the 42nd annual Telly award for Excellence in Non-Broadcast, Non-Profit Video Promotion.
As a respected organizational leader, Aaron recently served as president & CEO of Randall Designs, Inc., the Emmy Award- winning dancesport industry design house (ABC’s Dancing With the Stars) that created the costumes for DWTS’ first twelve seasons. Aaron currently serves as a member of Independent Opera Company’s (IOC) board of directors.
Aaron holds both his BM and MM in vocal performance from California State University, Northridge where he was the winner of the 2017 CSUN Concerto/Aria competition. 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 a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.