"Baritone Noel Bouley is a rising star that seems poised to become the next Dutchman of choice! There is nothing about this taxing role that eludes him. Mr. Bouley has a robust, rolling tone that is well-supported and responsive to his every interpretive nuance. His rich vocalizing and well-considered musical journey resulted in a potent, cathartic performance.” – Opera Today
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…” Most recently in Berlin he made successful debuts as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amonasro in Aida, and Marcello in La bohème. In February of 2018 he made his debut in the title role of R. Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer at Opera San José in California for which Opera Today declared him as “a rising star that seems poised to become the next Dutchman of choice!” He then returned to Germany for his role and house debut as Ford in Falstaff at Opera Cologne.
In the 2016/2017 season Bouley began 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 continued with Sharpless in MadamaButterfly, Sergeant Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, and Donner in the last performance of Götz Friedrich’s famed production of Das Rheingold.
His upcoming performances include important role and house debuts as Giorgio Germont in La traviata at Glyndebourne Opera, as Der fliegende Holländer at the Chemnitz Theater and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as Marcello in La bohème in Austin, as High Priest of the Dagon in Samson et Dalila with the Washington National Opera, as Wotan/Wanderer in a concert adaptation of Wagner’s Ring at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich and the Stuttgart Liederhalle, and as Scarpia in a new production of Tosca at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich.
Bouley will also return to one of his signature concert works as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich this upcoming season. Recent years include performances of Carmina Burana with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Bravo! Vail Music Festival with Hans Graf, and the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano. Other past concert performances include Vaughan-Williams’ 5Mystical 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,” Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Requiems by Mozart and Fauré, the Copland Old American Songs, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, and the Duruflé Requiem with the world-famous Berlin Philharmonie.
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