Acclaimed as a "formidable and richly expressive baritone”, Noel Bouley has been applauded for his “commanding presence and portrayal of real humanity on stage.” Mr. Bouley is now in his fourth season as an ensemble member at Deutsche Oper Berlin. His first role upon arrival in 2013 was the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff in a premiere production directed by Christof Loy. He was hailed as “…an excellent Falstaff, with a great sense of comic timing and a burnished baritone…” Bouley began the 2016-2017 season with a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin in the role of Don Alfonso in a new production of Così fan tutte in which he was praised for his “Striking and Flexible Baritone!” He then continues with Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Monterone in Rigoletto, and Donner in Das Rheingold, as well as covering the title role in a new production of Der fliegende Holländer. This summer Bouley will join the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava in München at the Brunnenhof der Residenz for a performance of Carmina Burana.
Starting next season Bouley will make his role and house debuts singing the title role in Der fliegende Holländer with Opera San Jose in California and the Opernhaus Chemnitz in Germany as well as singing Ford in Falstaff with Oper Köln. He will also return to Deutsche Oper Berlin beginning the season with Amonasro in Aïda, Léandre in L'amour des trois oranges, Marcello in La bohéme, and Mathisen in a new production of Le prophète.
In the 2015-2016 season Bouley made his debuts singing Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as the Round Top Music Festival singing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In October 2015, Bouley made his second appearance with Amarillo Opera singing Horace Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe. He then returned to Deutsche Oper Berlin where his roles included Sergeant Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Swallow in Peter Grimes, and the Förster in Das schlaue Füchslein.
Mr. Bouley was the winner of the 2013 Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition and a finalist in the Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition and the Dallas Opera Guild’s Vocal Competition. He received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from Louisiana State University. During his training Bouley performed many roles including the title roles in Falstaff, Le nozze di Figaro, and Sweeney Todd in which he “…inhabited the murderous barber, with frightening precision and ease,” as well as George in Of Mice and Men, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen.
An accomplished concert artist as well, Bouley has performed many works including Vaughan-Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs with the Lexington Philharmonic in which he “… got to display his deep, meaty voice to full advantage, providing the appropriate tones of gravitas and rapture to this sublime music.” Other works include Orff’s Camina Burana, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, the Copland Old American Songs, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Mass in B minor. Noel Bouley is a native of Houston, Texas.