La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Bizet - Carmen
Nuis D’ivresse -Berlioz - Les Troyens
Michael Boley, tenor
Jennifer Beattie, mezzo soprano
Nessun Dorma - Puccini - Turandot
Che gelida manina - Puccini - La Bohème
I’m not a boy - Previn - Streetcar Named Desire
Recondita armonia - Puccini - Tosca
Kleinzach! - Offenbach - Tales of Hoffmann
American tenor Michael Boley is rapidly climbing the operatic ranks. A native of Ohio, Michael began his career with Columbus Opera. Mr. Boley appeared there in productions of La bohème, Aida, Rigoletto, Tosca, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Susannah and Camelot. Of his Columbus Opera performances, the COLUMBUS DISPATCH extolled, “tenor Michael Boley sings with operatic power and resonance—a true find!”
An exponent of the romantic French and Italian repertoire, recent performance highlights for the tenor include Hermann in Pique Dame, Calaf in Turandot, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and and Rodolfo in La bohème. Career highlights include twice performing at Carnegie Hall as the tenor soloist, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 tenor soloist with the Helena Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Anton Coppola’s La Coupe et les Lèvres at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City with Inter-Cities Performing Arts and The Crucible at the National Theatre of Pécs and the Szeged National Theater in Hungary with performances telecast internationally.
With Dicapo Opera in New York City and on tour with National Lyric Opera, Mr. Boley created a significant impression in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West. Reviewing his performance, the CAPE COD TIMES was effusive in praise of his craft, “Outstanding among these, was tenor Michael Boley. Mr. Boley’s firm ringing tenor and suave stage demeanor augur well for a rewarding career in opera.” Further successes include his turn as the Chevalier de Danceny in Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, and the Beast in Giannini’s Beauty and the Beast with Dicapo Opera, of which the NEW YORK TIMES commented, "Michael Boley sang the Beast ardently."
The 2011/2012 season included Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1 with Helena Symphony Orchestra, Eurofest with Opera Naples and Carmen with Denyce Graves in a critically acclaimed production for Opera Charleston. The 2012/2013 season featured the tenor as Cléon in Gluck’s rarely performed The Reformed Drunkard for Little Opera Theater of New York, Lenski in Eugene Onegin for Opera Company of Middlebury and Rodolfo in La bohème with Staten Island Philharmonic among others. In the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, Michael was a Resident Artist with Opera San Jose, where he assumed principal assignments in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Weiser’s Where Angels Fear to Tread, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, and Previn's Streetcar Named Desire. In 2017, Mr. Boley returned to New York to be a part of New York City Opera’s critically acclaimed Candide directed by Hal Prince and again in the fall to sing the part of Nick while covering Dick Johnson in New York City Opera’s production of La Fanciulla del West. The 2018 season not only brought the tenor his Carnegie Hall soloist debut but in his portrayal of Calaf with Mississippi Opera's Turandot "...he (Michael Boley) brought the house down with his rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' in the third act.” (NORTHSIDE SUN/JACKSON MS) In the 2019 season Michael performed Rodolfo La bohème with New York City Opera, Mississippi Opera, and Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He also that season premiered the role of Hennessey in Ian Bell‘s STONEWALL with New York City Opera. 2020 included the world premier of Vincent to Theo: The life of an artist by Sue T. Klausmeyer (A song cycle with poetry taken from the letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo). 2022 has kept Michael busy as he has been the tenor swing cover in Ricky Ian Gordan's Garden of the Finzi-Contini with New York City Opera, Hoffmann(c) in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Opera Tampa, tenor soloist in Vaughn Williams' Serenade to Music performed at Carnegie Hall, and debuts of Hermann in Pique Dame with West Bay Opera and Genaro in Maddalena with Berkley Chamber Opera.
Upcoming performances for Michael include All is Calm: The Christmas truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein with New York City Opera and as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Carolina Ballet.
Beethoven - FIDELIO - Florestan*
Bizet - CARMEN - Don José
Giordano - ANDREA CHÉNIER - Andrea Chénier*
Gluck - THE REFORMED DRUNKARD - Cléon
Leoncavallo - PAGLIACCI - Canio*
Mascagni - CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - Turiddu*
Mozart - DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE - Tamino
Offenbach - LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN -Hoffman
Puccini - LA BOHÉME - Rodolfo
Puccini - LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST - Dick Johnson
Puccini - MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Lt. B. F. Pinkerton
Puccini - TOSCA - Cavaradossi
Puccini - TURANDOT - Calaf
Previn - STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE - Mitch
Prokofiev - MADDALENA - Genaro
Saint-Saëns - SAMSON ET DELILAH - Samson*
Smetana - THE BARTERED BRIDE - Jenìk*
Susa - THE DANGEROUS LIASONS - Chevalier de Danceny
Tchaikovsky - EUGENE ONEGIN - Lenski
Tchaikovsky - PIQUE DAME - Hermann
Verdi - AÏDA - Radames*
Verdi - OTELLO - Otello*
Verdi - RIGOLETTO - Il Duca
Verdi - IL TROVATORE - Manrico*
Weiser - WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD - Philip Herriton
Wagner - SIEGFRIED - Siegfried*
Wagner - DIE WALKÜRE - Siegmund*
*denotes in preparation
Haydn - LORD NELSON MASS - Tenor soloist
Schubert - MASS IN C NO.4 - Tenor soloist
Scriabin - SYMPHONY NO.1 - Tenor soloist
Beethoven - 9TH SYMPHONY - Tenor soloist
Mozart - REQUIEM - Tenor soloist
Verdi - REQUIEM - Tenor Soloist*
*denotes in preparation
"...he (Michael Boley) brought down the house with his rendition of 'Nessun Dorma' in the third act."
(NORTHSIDE SUN / JACKSON, MS)
"Anchored by tenor Michael Boley's brilliant version of Rodolfo on Sunday afternoon, the beloved opera received a vote of approval from the audience."
”As Rodolfo, tenor Michael Boley gave a dramatically thorough performance. His fun interactions with his fellow Bohemians carried over nicely for his initial meeting with Mimi,...”
“Michael Boley, a tenor, sang the Beast ardently..."
(THE NEW YORK TIMES)
In his Amore o grillo, Michael Boley revealed a pleasing plangent tenor.”
(BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE)
"Mr. Boley brought a solemn beauty to the role, singing all the phases of his delight in Butterfly from his first encounter with ther to his soul-wrenching cries at the end of the opera."
(THE POST AND COURIER / CHARLESTON, SC)
"Michael Boley gave a warm portrayal of the barman Nick with his lean tenor."
(NEW YORK CLASSICAL REVIEW)
“Michael Boley showed real promise.”
(TELEGRAM AND GAZETTE / WORCESTER, MA)
"Outstanding among these was tenor Michael Boley. Boley's firm, ringing tenor and suave stage demeanor augur well for a rewarding career in opera..."
(CAPE COD TIMES)
“Hermann is brilliantly enacted by Michael Boley, with his wonderful tenor voice, and extraordinary bearing.”
(splashmags.com, Henry Etzkowitz)
"A suitably doleful Michael Boley portrays the desperate Hermann. In a role that challenges in vocal complexity, he also sings in every scene. From his first significant set piece, the aria leading to a duet with his friend Tomsky, 'I don’t even know her name,' Boley displays both range and power."