Hailed by The New York Times as “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” Matt Boehler has been critically acclaimed both for his dramatic skill and his vocal ability. With Wolf Trap Opera Company, Mr. Boehler garnered much praise in the title role in Sweeney Todd. The Washington Post raved, “There are times, in fact, when this young man with a huge crossover career ahead of him is standing in a crowd of actors, and you’d swear he was the only person onstage.”
The season of 2012-13 finds Mr. Boehler making several house and role debuts. He’ll be joining the ensemble of Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Count Horn in Un Ballo in Maschera, Pedone in La Wally, Marchese di Calatrava in La forza del Destino, Leone in Attila and as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, a role he debuted this summer with the Minnesota Orchestra. He makes his Madison Opera debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni, and New York City Opera debut as the Hotel Manager in Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face, a role he will reprise with the Festival Opéra de Quèbec. He also returns to Carnegie Hall for performances of Messiah with Musica Sacra. The upcoming 2013-2014 season brings his return to the Metropolitan Opera for The Nose, a debut with Canadian Opera Company singing Sir Walter Raleigh in Roberto Devereux and covering the title role in Don Quichotte, and a repeat of his Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony. Additionally he returns to the Theater of St. Gallen for his role debut as Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Pffarer/Dachs in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.
In the 2011-2012 season he sang Drebednev in Moscow, Cheryomushki with Chicago Opera Theater, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles for Hawaii Opera Theater, and two operas by Philip Glass: In the Penal Colony with American Opera Projects and Kepler with Spoleto Festival USA. Additionally he was heard in performances of Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
In recent seasons, Mr. Boehler has enjoyed busy schedules on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. He joined the rosters of Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera, covering roles at both houses. He has been featured in productions with Minnesota Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Central City Opera, Florentine Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera New Jersey and Festival Lyrique-en-mer. In concert, he has been heard with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Oratorio Society of New York. He has been seen in several critically acclaimed performances with the New York Festival of Song and he recently appeared in recital with the Lotte Lehmann Foundation in their first annual Emerging Artists Concert Series.
Mr. Boehler is also a frequent collaborator within the world of contemporary music. In addition to the work of recent seasons, he has been seen in two world premieres of John Musto’s work: The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera and Bastianello, along with William Bolcom’s Lucrezia, with New York Festival of Song. He premiered Michael Dellaira’s The Secret Agent with Center for Contemporary Opera, and he has been seen in Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming and Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale, both with Minnesota Opera. His discography includes recordings of Bastianello and Lucrezia with NYFOS and a disc of songs by Stefan Wolpe with pianist Ursula Oppens; he can also be heard on recordings of Bernstein’s Mass with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and of Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with American Symphony Orchestra as well.
He is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center and he held a three year tenure as a resident artist with Minnesota Opera. At Viterbo University, his first alma mater, he graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts.