Officier, Ordre des Arts et des Letters
Rockwell Blake was awarded Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his outstanding services to Italian music, Officier in the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic for his outstanding contribution to culture in France and in the world, and also Doctor of Music, Honoraris from The State University of New York, Plattsburgh for his extraordinary contribution to the art of bel-canto.
Blake was acclaimed for opera, concert and recital performances in all the major theatres of the world. He sang leading roles in over 50 operas from the highly specialized repertoire and helped make possible the revival of many forgotten operatic masterpieces by Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Meyerbeer and Rossini. Ten years prior to his retirement, Blake turned some of his attention to the long-neglected repertoire of early French operas, composed for a kind of tenor voice which rarely exists today. Blake has notably demonstrated his singing ability in his award-winning recordings for the EMI label.
Since retiring, Blake has developed a new facet to his career, as a teacher of young singers. He teaches master classes with young artists around the world and he teaches an international group of students the art of singing at his private voice studio. Most recently Blake has republished a 2-volume English edition of Manuel Garcia’s famous A Complete Treatise on the Art of Singing.