Praised by The New York Times for his “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line,” Mischa Bouvier is a winner of the 2010 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. “Mischa Bouvier’s rich baritone voice…and his refined artistry” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), make an immediate impact combined with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative powers.
Orchestral highlights in 2013-14 include: Mischa’s Alice Tully Hall debut with Musica Sacra singing the New York premiere of Jocelyn Hagan’s amass; Handel’s Messiah in a return engagement with the American Bach Soloists and also for his debut with his hometown orchestra, the Alabama Symphony; and Brahms Requiem with the Columbus Symphony (GA) and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. He was featured with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Musica Sacra at Carnegie Hall in March 2013 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and he joined the Colorado Symphony in December 2012 for Handel’s Messiah. Other recent highlights are Bach’s St. John Passion (bass soloist and Pilate) at New York’s St. Thomas Church; Princeton Glee Club (Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs); and Bach Collegium San Diego (Mozart’s Requiem and St. John Passion).
Recent recitals with pianist Yegor Shevtsov include a southern tour with performances on the Macon Concert Series and Clemson University’s Utsey Chamber Music Series at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, Trinity Church’s “Concerts at One,” and the Music Room at the Lindberg Farm. His debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall featured new works by four emerging composers, including world premieres by Bryan Page and Yotam Haber, and songs by Ted Hearne and Gabriel Kahane.
An advocate for new music, Mischa offered a series of concerts in 2012-13 at Brooklyn’s Barbès Bar focusing on contemporary music and exploring American song in collaboration with soprano Sarah Wolfson. He has given several NYC performances of Mohammed Fairouz’ Furia, including a newly commissioned orchestral version with the Knights. He has sung Lori Laitman’s Men With Small Heads, Paul Moravec’s Songs of Love and War and the world premiere of Charles Fussell’s cycle Venture during Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. He also sings regularly with the TENET vocal ensemble, which will be featured in a special concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, singing music of Arvo Pärt (part of a series curated by David Lang).
Recent roles include Moneybags Billy in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Tanglewood with casting by James Levine; Lucifero in Handel’s La Resurrezione with American Bach Soloists’ SummerFest and the Baroque Band in Chicago; and Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Dupage Opera Theatre. Mischa has sung Bach’s Magnificat,Handel’s Apollo and Dafne and Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs with American Bach Soloists; Bach’s St. John Passion (bass soloist / Pilate) with Pittsburgh’s Chatham Baroque; a ‘Sacred Music in a Sacred Space’ debut in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (bass soloist / Pilate) under the baton of Kent Tritle; and debut concerts with the Folger Consort.
Mr. Bouvier has performed the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights and Bronx Opera,
Le médecin in Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande, 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’amor. He made his professional musical theater debut with the Boston Pops under the baton of Keith Lockhart singing Jigger Craig in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in 2007 (now available on CD). He has collaborated with Sting on Songs from the Labyrinth in Los Angeles.
Mr. Bouvier has performed with a wide array of ensembles including Anonymous 4, the Mark Morris Dance Group, American Handel Society, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Long Island Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble and Christopher Williams Dance.
Mischa Bouvier received his B.M. from Boston University and his M.M. from the University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He participated in training programs at the Lyric Opera Cleveland, Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik, Carmel Bach Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival.