Blake is a classically trained singer and actor, who studied theater at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received vocal training at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Blake has worked frequently in the music community of Brazil, where he performed many operas and symphony concerts with the Symphonic Orchestra of Belo Horizonte, and Ouro Preto. Prior to Brazil he spent several years in Hamburg and Munich, Germany performing Music Theatre, Operetta, and Cabaret. He is also a crossover Country Western singer and loves to explore a variety of genres in vocal music. Blake is thrilled to be making his Oakland Symphony debut as Rusty in Guys and Dolls.