Baritone Mischa Bouvier 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,” Mischa continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability.
This season’s highlights have included performances of Bach's Magnificat and Lotti's Mass for Three Choirs with the American Bach Soloists; several collaboration with TENET and Spiritus Collective in NYC and Connecticut; the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi with DuPage Opera; bass soloist and Pilate in Bach’s St John Passion with the Bach Collegium San Diego and Chatham Baroque; recitals of works by French, German and Russian Romantic-era composers with pianist Yegor Shevtsov in Alabama, Ohio and NYC; and several performances of Mohammed Fairouz’s new work for baritone, string quartet and wind quintet, Furia, in NYC.
Notable upcoming engagements include a debut with The Knights singing a newly comissioned orchestral version of Furia; a performance as speaker in Satie's Sports et divertissements at barbes in Brooklyn; recitals for the Macon Concert Association and the Utsey Chamber Music Series; collaborations with Catacoustic Consort and the Wildcat Viols at the San Francisco Early Music Festival; a New Year's Eve Gala with the New Philharmonic; and a NYC debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Concert Artists Guild in March 2012.
Other important recent engagements include the role of Moneybags Billy in Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood with casting and musical direction by maestro James Levine; concerts of early Spanish music with the Folger Consort; a Sacred Music in a Sacred Space debut as bass soloist and Pilate in Bach’s St Matthew Passion under the baton of Kent Tritle; the role of Lucifero in Handel's La Resurrezione for the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy; and the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights and Bronx Opera.
And avid recitalist, Mischa 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. Mischa offered regional premiers of Lori Laitman’s Men With Small Heads and Paul Moravec’s Songs of Love and War, and gave the world premier of Charles Fussell’s cycle Venture during the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood.
A singer of tremendous versatility, Mischa 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 Georg (cover) in Jerry Bock’s She Loves Me, and collaborations with Sting on Songs from the Labyrinth in Los Angeles.
On stage, Mischa performed as Le médecin in Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, Bouncer and Washington Dandy in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, William (cover) in Philip Glass’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Enrico in Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata, Bardolph and Chief Justice in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack, Leporello (scenes) in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Belcore (scenes) in Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore.
As a collaborator, Mischa has performed with a wide array of groups and individuals including Anonymous 4, the Mark Morris Dance Group, American Handel Society, the Bach and the Baroque Ensemble of Pittsburgh, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, Long Island Philharmonic, the Metropolis Ensemble, and Christopher Williams Dance.
Mischa received his B.M. from Boston University and his M.M. from the University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He participated in several training programs including Lyric Opera Cleveland, Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik, 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. www.mischabouvier.com