Mischa Bouvier is widely regarded as a singer of keen musicality and unique beauty of tone. Praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for an “immensely sympathetic, soulful voice” and “rare vocal and interpretive gifts,” and by Opera News for his “soothing, cavernous baritone that can soar to heights of lyric beauty,” Mischa has continued to garner critical acclaim for a diverse performing career that includes concerts, recitals, staged works and recordings.
Notable concert performances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Iván Fischer and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (Jigger Craigin) with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston; Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Evangelisti) for the “collected stories” series at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, curated by David Lang; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, conducted by Helmuth Rilling; Bach’s St. John Passion with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, under the direction of John Scott; Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral and the Mondavi Center with the American Bach Soloists, conducted by Jeffrey Thomas; Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack (Bardolph and Chief Justice) at the Ángela Peralta Theater in Mazatlán, Mexico; “Bedtime” and “Love Song Waltzes” with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Jacob’s Pillow; Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song (Alwan), conducted by Scott Dunn at Zankel Hall; Handel’s Hercules for the American Handel Festival at Princeton University; Handel’s Messiah with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico in San Juan, under the direction of Maximiano Valdés; Bach’s B Minor Mass with Dana Marsh and the Washington Bach Consort at the National Presbyterian Church; Jocelyn Hagen’s amass with Kent Tritle and Musica Sacra at Alice Tully Hall; Handel’s La resurrezione (Lucifer) with the Helicon Ensemble at the Morgan Library & Museum and Yale University; Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs with the Princeton Glee Club; El Mesías with Ruben Valenzuela’s Bach Collegium San Diego at the Centro Cultural Tijuana; “Hen’s Teeth” with Christopher Williams Dance at the 92nd Street Y; Sting’s Songs from the Labyrinth at the Walt Disney Concert Hall; and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Plutone) with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Berkeley and Rohnert Park, CA.
An ardent recitalist, Mischa has appeared in recital for the Macon Concert Series, Clemson University’s Utsey Chamber Music Series, Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, Trinity Church’s Concerts at One, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Planting Fields’ Music at the Mansion, Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory Cultural Series, St. Martin’s University’s Abbey Church Events, Barbès Brooklyn, Lincoln Center at Fort Collins, Lakewood Cultural Center, SongFusion, New York Festival of Song, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Metropolis Ensemble, Close Encounters with Music, Manhattan School of Music, Soochow University (Shilin District, Taiwan), Shih Chien University (Taipei), Yongfoo Elite (Shanghai), and elsewhere.
As an advocate for contemporary vocal music and song, Mischa has offered the world premieres of Charles Fussell’s Venture, Bryan Page’s The Edith Poems, Jeremy Gill’s 3 Songs About Words (arrangement for baritone, piano, and clarinet), Francine Trester’s An Oman Odyssey; and songs by Hans Gefors, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Yotam Haber, Aaron Grad, Jonas Forssell, Richard Wilson, Ylva Skog, Daniel Temkin, Adolphus Hailstork, Leslie Adams, Braxton Blake, Carlos Simon, Harold Meltzer and others.
Mischa holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is an alumnus of the Lyric Opera Cleveland Young Artist Program, Internationale Meisterkurse für Musik Zürich, Carmel Bach Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, and the Tanglewood Music Center. His discography includes Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose (Olde Focus Records), Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song (Bridge Records), two discs of Agostino Steffani duets (Musica Omnia), and new works by American composers (Musica Solis). (mischabouvier.com)