Bass Evan Boyer is a recent graduate of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In the current season, Mr. Boyer performs Angelotti in Tosca with Cincinnati Opera and returns to the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to sing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Last season, he performed the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera, Colline in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera. He was heard as the Armchair/Tree in L’enfant et les Sortilèges with Seiji Ozawa’s Music Academy in Japan and was a resident artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where he performed Ramfis in Aida and The Bonze in Madama Butterfly. Orchestral engagements included Mozart’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony and the Houston Symphony, as Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of Theofanidis’ oratorio Creation/Creator with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Boyer opened last season with a concert with the Lyric Opera of Chicago at Millennium Park, and also sang the role of Lodovico in Otello at the Lyric. Additionally, he performed Sarastro in The Magic Flute in a new production with Los Angeles Opera, and returned to the Canadian Opera Company, singing Samuel in Un ballo in maschera.
Mr. Boyer completed his tenure at the Ryan Opera Center in 2012-13. Throughout that season he was heard in productions of Simon Boccanegra, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, La bohème, and Rigoletto. Subsequently, Mr. Boyer made his debut with the Canadian Opera Company as 1st Soldier in Salome, followed by performances as the 2nd Commisaire in Dialogues des Carmelites. He also sang the role of Colline in La bohème with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in the Dominican Republic.
In the 2011 – 2012 season in Chicago, he was heard as Luther in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mitiukha in Boris Godunov, Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos¸ Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and the King in Aida. During his first season, he was heard in productions of Carmen, Lohengrin, Macbeth, La fanciulla del West and as Alidoro in the Opera Center’s own production of La Cenerentola. Further performances in the season included debuts with the Alabama Symphony in Bach’s Cantata No. 82 and with The Cleveland Orchestra as the 1st Nazarene and 1st Soldier in concert performances of Salome at Severance Hall and again at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2012, he was heard in recital in his home state of Kentucky for the Governor’s School for the Arts.
Previous engagements include Mr. Boyer’s UK debut as Sarastro in The Magic Flute with Garsington Opera in London, after which he returned to Chicago Opera Theatre to sing Créon in Médée of Charpentier. He made his Chicago Opera Theatre debut in 2010 as Oreste in Cavalli’s Giasone. Mr. Boyer graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he was heard in productions as: Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra; Conte Rodolfo in La sonnambula; Trulove in The Rake’s Progress; Barone Trombonok in Il viaggio a Reims; Doktor in Wozzeck; Leporello in Don Giovanni; King René in Iolanta; and José Tripaldi in Golijov’s Ainadamar. Mr. Boyer was a member of the San Francisco Opera Merola Opera Program in 2009 where he was featured in the Schwabacher
Summer Concert and covered Don Alfonso in Cosí fan tutte. A member of the Tanglewood Music Center in 2008, he sang Alaska Joe Wolf in The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Captain Petrovich in Eugene Onegin.
Evan Boyer was a 2009 National Semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after being awarded the Grand Prize at the Middle-Atlantic Regional Finals. He is the Grand Prize winner for Men’s Voice of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, and is the 2nd prize winner of the 2009 Opera Index, Inc. competition.
Additional grants and awards have been received from the Louisville Bach Society, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Chicago Bel Canto Foundation, and the American Opera Society.