"She's the seductive song-wielding siren with a voice
snatched for the gods!"
Balena Canto (she/her) is a seductive song-wielding siren with a voice snatched for the gods! Born on the southern coast of Italia, Balena Canto sang out to sea conjuring a passing humpback whale who took her to a distant and mysterious land called “Philadelphia.” Balena's favorite thing about her home is a local delicacy called, "water ice" (helps soothe the singer's throat). Balena’s mission in life is to bring joy, laughter, and perhaps a tear or two (she is an opera singer after all) to her audiences through song. She firmly believes in the transformative and healing power of music and the performing arts. She has already made a name for herself performing in many of the leading shows and competitions in the Greater Philadelphia area including her own drag opera extravaganza, Fach Off which she co-hosts with Good Judy, Zsa Zsa Dali every quarterly at Philly’s Tabu! She is also a frequent cast member in Cleo Phatra's Gay Bill, Wednesday night's at Philly's Tavern on Camac! Just like the iconic Whitney Houston, Balena believes that, “the children are our future,” and frequently hosts Drag Queen Story Times at many of the area's libraries teaching the next generation about diversity, self love, creativity and acceptance. If you're interested in hiring/collaborating with Balena, please see visit our "contact" page.
Friday June 3rd @ Noon: Balena Canto returns to the Penn Wynne Library for Drag Queen Story Time! Click the above image for details!
06/04/22 @ 9 pm: Join hosts Balena Canto and Zsa Zsa Dali with a cast of extra special guests for an all live singing variety show of operatic proportions! Click the flyer for tix!
Friday, June 10 @ 8 pm: Esme Eventide and Balena Canto team up to co-host an all Jazz tribute at The Painted Mug! This months guests are the incredible Mo Betta and Quinton Lewis! For tickets and information, click on the above image! Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
Saturday, June 11 @ 3 pm: Balena performs at Upper Darby Pride's Drag Show Extravaganza! The festival starts at 1 pm and our show begins at 3pm at the lot right outside of Upper Darby High School's gym! Click the flyer for more info!
June 16-18 @ 8 pm: Balena is THIRLLED to returns to It's Not Personal, It's Drag this year as a core cast member. See her all 3 nights along with a star studded cast of local drag performers hosted and produced by Meg Cutting. Complete with lip syncing legends, dancing divas, themed cocktails and electric performances. Bring $ingles to tip! Upgrade to VIP seating for the best experience! Mature content: guests must be 18+ to attend and must be 21+ to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. Click the flyer for tickets!
Saturday, June 25 @ Noon: Our favorite Drag Queen, Balena Canto, returns to the Ann Arundel Public Library (Brooklyn Park) for an in-person storytime - sharing books on diversity, acceptance, creativity, and love. Wear your dancing shoes and whatever else makes you feel beautiful for this special event celebrating Pride Month. Click the above image for more info!
Sunday, June 26 @ 3 pm: Balena visits St. Peters Church (3rd & Pine Phila, PA) sharing books on diversity, acceptance, creativity, and love. Click image for more info!
Thursday, June 30 @ 8 pm: Join Balena and her incredible cast as we pay tribute to our favorite 90's cult tv classic, Twin Peaks! There will be shows, trivia, games, prizes, and special drinks, so come join us in the red room, but don't forget - Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire WERK with me! Click the flyer above for details
Sunday, July 10 @ 9 pm: Summer St. Cartier hosts an amazing night of drag, giving you all your favorite horror movie moments. Featuring amazing local queens. Miss. Troy, Amerie Jameson and Balena Canto. Come out for a great night! Drag, drinks and a trivia contest with prizes!!! Click the above flyer for tickets!
Charlene DeLizzio (AMP's mom) and the rest of the DiSabatino clan are celebrating AMP's Bday at Rivers Casino! Click photo for details and tickets!
Promos & Poses
Song Parodies & Sketch Comedy
12/27/2021: A clip from my interview with The Empowered Musician where I talk about being able to fulfill my queer opera dreams this past summer as Melissa in Alter Ego Chamber Opera's unique and stunning production of Alcina REVAMPED! Thank you so much for the feature!
11/05/2020: Soprano and Host of Fermata Fashion, Rachel Sigman sits down with opera singer and drag performer Matthew Maisano aka Balena Canto as they discuss the intersecting worlds of opera and drag, inclusivity and growing up to be the person you were meant to be.
11/05/2020: By Vinnik releases a coluratura cape in limited edition print, "Balena"
11/6/2019: Kristen DeBoy Caminiti: Worried about our future? Go to a Drag Queen story hour Kirsten writes an opinion piece for the Capital Gazette about her experience at Balena'a DQST at the Crofton Library near Annapolis, MD.
09/22/2019: Balena Canto interviewed by Now This after protesters demonstrated outside of her drag queen story time for children at a local library.
07/2/2019: All hail the (drag) queen of story time
Coverage and praise for Anne Arundel County Public Library's DQST with Balena Canto