"A SOOTHING, CAVERNOUS BARITONE THAT CAN SOAR TO HEIGHTS OF LYRIC BEAUTY"
-- Opera News
Baritone Mischa Bouvier has been praised for his “extraordinary and varied background” and “rare vocal and interpretive gifts” (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beautiful tone" ([Q]onStage], and “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line” (New York Times). He continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability.
Mischa’s recent performances have included the New York premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s amass with Musica Sacra at Lincoln Center; Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Evangelisti) for the “collected stories” series at Zankel Hall, curated by David Lang and conducted by Julian Wachner; Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the American Bach Soloists; the role of Dr. P in Michael Lyman’s opera The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York Live Arts; Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs with the Princeton Glee Club; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Iván Fischer and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Stern Auditorium, and with Helmuth Rilling and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico at the Festival Casals; and recitals throughout the United States, and in Europe and Asia.
Other highlights include Handel’s Messiah with the American Bach Soloists at Grace Cathedral and the Mondavi Center; the premiere of Bryan Page's song cycle The Edith Poems at Strathmore; Bach’s St. John Passion (Pilate and arias) with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of the late John Scott; the role of Lucifer in Handel’s La Resurrezione with the Helicon Ensemble at the Morgan Library and Yale University; the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opera in the Heights and Bronx Opera; the premiere of songs by several living Swedish composers with the Mirror Visions Ensemble in Paris; the role of Alwan in Mohammed Fairouz’s opera Sumeida’s Song at Zankel Hall; performances with the Alabama Symphony (Messiah), the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Brahms’s Requiem), the Colorado Symphony (Messiah) and the Stamford Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem); and a Boston Symphony Hall debut singing the role of Jigger Craigin in a semi-staged performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Mischa was born and raised in Alabama. He rides horses, likes to bush hog, and co-owns Pignut BBQ in Berlin.
"Bouvier was a delight to encounter for the first time. He possesses a powerful bass voice, its dark colors strongly projected throughout the entire range, which he uses with intelligence and commitment"
-- Pittsburg Tribune-Review
"He certainly possesses the vocal prowess necessary for this demanding role, with grace and agility in high passages, and a rich, sonorous lower range... Bouvier has chops"
-- San Francisco Classical Voice
"Mischa Bouvier was impressive as Pilate and in the bass arias"
-- New York Times
"As Lucifero, Mischa Bouvier used his vigorous, penetrating bass to give his character’s strident declamation and virulent fioritura a deliciously fearsome edge"
-- San Diego Story
"Mischa Bouvier has a warm and flexible voice that served him well... He performed the challenging chromatic aspects of his recitative 'Qual insolita luce' with aplomb, effectively conveyed Lucifer’s violent arrogance in the aria 'Caddi è ver,' and finely captured the pitiful surrender yet smoldering defiance in Act II’s 'Per celare il nuovo scorno'"
-- Opera News