MISCHA BOUVIER (baritone) is winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Called a “delight to encounter for the first time” by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and noted by The New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” Mr. Bouvier continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability.
This past season saw Mr. Bouvier making his debut with several notable groups and festivals, among them the New York Festival of Song (selections from Russell Platt’s Paul Muldoon Songs); the Princeton Glee Club (Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs); The Knights (selections from Mohammed Fairouz’s newly orchestrated Furia), the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (Bach’s St. John Passion); and Close Encounters with Music (gala recital).
Other notable performances in the 2011-2012 season included a Zankel Hall debut as Alwan in Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song (to be released on the Bridge Records label); a New York City debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Concert Artists Guild; a return to the American Bach Soloists for performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; a return to Bach Collegium San Diego singing Mozart’s Requiem ; a New Year’s Eve Gala performance with the New Philharmonic; concerts with Catacoustic Consort for the San Francisco Early Music Society; and recitals at Clemson University, Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, Wesleyan College, Coe Hall at Planting Fields, Barbès, and Penn Hall in Newtown, PA with pianist Yegor Shevtsov.
Mr. Bouvier was a member of the ABS 2010 Academy, singing the role of Lucifero in Handel’s La Resurrezione, a role he repeated with the Baroque Band in Chicago. He has also performed with ABS in Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs.
An avid proponent of art song, Mr. Bouvier has presented recitals under the auspices of the Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, the Trinity Church Concerts at One Series, Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik Zürich, the Cincinnati Grandin Festival, and the Music Room at the Lindberg Farm series. Mr. Bouvier has offered regional premiers of Lori Laitman’s Men With Small Heads and Paul Moravec’s Songs of Love and War, and the world premier of Charles Fussell’s cycle Venture during the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, as well as premiers of songs by composers Yotam Haber and Bryan Page.
A singer of tremendous versatility, Mr. Bouvier made his professional musical theater debut under the baton of Keith Lockhart singing Jigger Craigin in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel with the Boston Pops. Other notable non-traditional performances have included the roles of Usher in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury; Sergeant of Police in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance; and collaborations with Sting on Songs from the Labyrinth in Los Angeles at Disney Hall.
Opera roles have included Moneybags Billy in Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (at Tanglewood, with casting by James Levine); Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; Le médecin in Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande; Bouncer and Washington Dandy in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe; Enrico in Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata; and Bardolph and Chief Justice in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack.
As a collaborator, Mr. Bouvier has performed with a wide array of groups and individuals including Anonymous 4, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Boston Symphony Orchestra, American Handel Society, the Bach and the Baroque Ensemble of Pittsburgh, Bronx Opera, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, Long Island Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, Opera in the Heights, the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C., Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Wildcat Viols, Summit Chorale, and Christopher Williams Dance.
Mr. Bouvier holds degrees in vocal performance from Boston University and the University and Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, and has participated in training programs at Lyric Opera Cleveland, the Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik Zürich, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. Recent recognition includes the 2010 American Bach Soloists Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Award, the Oratorio Society of New York 2010 Solo Competition’s Docia Goodwin Franklin and Richard Westenberg Awards, 1st Place from the 2009 Louisville Bach Society Gerhard Herz Young Artist Competition, and 2nd place from the 2011 American Prize’s Vocal Competition.
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