Opera News: Matt Boehler "masterful" in Rautavaara's "Viglia" at St. John the Devine

02.02.2017

 

"The key role among the soloists in Vigilia is that of the bass, here wonderfully sung by Matt Boehler. As in so much Eastern Orthodox liturgical music, there is a significant emphasis on singing in this vocal register. And, while Boehler lacked the specific sound quality that characterizes the great Finnish bass singers, he gave a masterful performance of this most difficult part. To be able to sing the profoundly deep notes with such power and radiant tone was an amazing feat on its own. Yet Boehler also masterfully handled the high register, singing the light, high musical lines in an exquisite chest voice, rather than reverting to falsetto. His performance was remarkable." -Opera News

 

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