Traveling Along… Singing A Song… Side by Side

Summer and Freddie

LA Opera Young Artists Frederick Ballentine (left) and Summer Hassan (right)

LA Opera Young Artists Summer Hassan and Frederick Ballentine are following amazingly similar paths as they pursue their operatic careers. They both studied at Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music where they first met in 2012. A few years later both were admitted to the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program at LA Opera. This season they appeared in The Magic Flute with Summer singing the role of the Second Lady and Frederick performing as the Armed Guard. Both are 26 and from the South with Summer hailing from North Carolina and Frederick a native Virginian.

With such striking similarities in their background and musical training, it comes as no surprise that they have forged a very special friendship.

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Beverly Phillips is a board member of the Opera League of Los Angeles and assistant editor of BRAVO magazine. Her interest in opera was sparked when her son became a Young Artist.

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