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.
Mischa made his Lincoln Center debut in 2014 at Alice Tully Hall in a performance of Jocelyn Hagen’s amass with Musica Sacra under the direction of Kent Tritle, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 at Weill Recital Hall in recital with pianist Yegor Shevtsov.
Other notable performances include Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (arias) 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 (Jesus) at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, conducted by Helmuth Rilling; Bach’s St. John Passion (Pilate and arias) 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; Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song (Alwan), conducted by Scott Dunn at Zankel Hall; Handel’s Messiah with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico in San Juan, under the direction of Maximiano Valdés; 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, Mohammed Fairouz’s Furia (arrangement for baritone and orchestra), Bryan Page’s The Edith Poems, Gabriela Lena Frank’s Las cinco lunas de Lorca (arrangement for tenor, baritone, and piano), 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, and others.
As a soloists, Mischa has appeared with many orchestras and ensembles, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah), Sacred Music in a Sacred Space (Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), Mark Morris Dance Group (“Bedtime” and “Love Song Waltzes”), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Brahms’s Requiem), Chatham Baroque (Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen and Bach’s St. John Passion, 1725 ed.), Colorado Symphony (Handel’s Messiah), American Handel Festival (Handel’s Hercules), Stamford Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem), Helicon Ensemble (Handel’s La resurrezione), Princeton Glee Club (Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Bryan Page’s Hawthorne Christmas Suite), Lysander Piano Trio (Beethoven folksong arrangements), Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra (Verdi’s Don Carlo), Anonymous 4 (Einhorn’s Voices of Light), Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (Brahms’s Requiem), Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir (Britten’s Cantata misericordium), New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack), Publick Musick (Weckmann’s Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste, Bruhn's De Profundis Clamavi, and Schütz’s Ich liege und schlafe), Long Island Philharmonic (Bach’s Christ lag in Todes Banden), Huntington Choral Society (Bach’s B Minor Mass), Folger Consort (“Spanish Christmas”), Christopher Williams Dance (“Mumbo-jumbo”), and Sting (Songs from the Labyrinth).
Several of Mischa’s artistic collaborations have spanned nearly a decade, including those with the American Bach Soloists (ABS), TENET Vocal Ensemble (TENET), and Bach Collegium San Diego (BCSD). With ABS, Mischa has performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Pilate and arias); Handel’s Messiah; Antonio Lotti’s “Mass for Three Choirs;” Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus); Telemann’s Kanarienvogel-Kantate; Bach’s Magnificat; Handel’s Apollo e Dafne (Apollo); and numerous Bach cantatas, including Amore traditore and “Hunting Cantata” (Pan). With TENET, Mischa has sung Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose (Nicodemus); Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus and arias); Handel’s Messiah; Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden, and Jesu meine Freude; works by Purcell, Biber, Kerll, and Praetorius; and eight annual performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (various). And with BCSD, Mischa has appeared in Bach’s St. John Passion (Pilate and arias), Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s La resurrezione (Lucifer), Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Polyphemus), Stuck’s Héraclite et Démocrite (Démocrite), Handel’s Apollo e Dafne (Apollo), and “An Empire of Silver & Gold: Music from 18th Century Latin America.”
In addition to his work as a soloist, Mischa is a member of the Mirror Visions Ensemble (MVE), a vocal chamber music group based in NYC. Since joining in 2014, he has collaborated with various members of the group on programs, residencies, and masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Most recently, Mischa joined the ensemble for “This Land is Ours,” a musical exploration of America featuring newly-commissioned songs by Adolphus Hailstork, Leslie Adams, Braxton Blake, Carlos Simon, Harold Meltzer, and others; and “Of Beasts and Brutes,” an investigation of animal and human behavior. Other collaborations have included a week-long residency at Cal State Fullerton focusing on cabaret music; a survey of the last two centuries of Swedish art song, performed at the Église suédoise de Paris; masterclasses for students at public schools in Pennsylvania and the Bronx, and at New York University; and the premieres of new vocal works by the winners of MVE's inaugural Young Composers Competition at the Sheen Center in NYC.
On stage, Mischa has been seen most recently as Ko-Ko in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Other roles include Moneybags Billy in Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Enrico in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata, Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Le médecin in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Usher in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, and Officer in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
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 Vocal Master Class, American Bach Soloists Academy, and Tanglewood Music Center. His discography includes Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Le Memorie Dolorose (Olde Focus Records), Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumeida’s Song (Bridge Records), a disc of Agostino Steffani duets (Musica Omnia), and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with the Boston Pops (BSO Classics).
In 2019/2020, Mischa will perform with the American Bach Soloists (works by Bach and Handel), TENET Vocal Artists (Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 in NYC and Venice), Bach Collegium San Diego (Bach’s St. Matthew Passion), and the Mirror Visions Ensemble (various programs).