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 fifth 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…” In his time at DOB Bouley has performed many leading roles including Donner in Das Rheingold, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Sergeant Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Biterolf in Tannhäuser, Swallow in Peter Grimes, Förster in Das schlaue Füchslein, and the role of Don Alfonso in a new production of Così fan tutte in which he was praised for his “Striking and Flexible Baritone!”
Starting in the 2017-2018 season Bouley will make his role and house debuts singing the title role in Der fliegende Holländer with Opera San Jose in California and singing Ford in Falstaff with Cologne Opera. He will also return to Deutsche Oper Berlin beginning the season with Amonasro in Aïda, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Léandre in L'amour des trois oranges, Marcello in La bohéme, and Mathisen in a new production of Meyerbeer's Le prophète.
Future seasons include his debuts with Glyndebourne Opera in the role of Germont in La traviata, Marcello with Austin Opera, and the Dutchman with Opernhaus Chemnitz in Germany. Bouley will also return to the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensemble singing such roles as Germont, Dutchman, and the Four Villains in Les contes d'Hoffmann.
As a concert artist Bouley recently 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. He then continued the following summer making his Munich debut singing CarminaBurana with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava at the Brunnenhof der Residenz. Other works include Vaughan-Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, the Copland Old American Songs, Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s Mass in B minor.
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. Noel Bouley is a native of Houston, Texas.