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Soprano Holly Boaz is recognized by
critics for her “rich soprano” and for her “welldefined” characterizations.
Davenport's River City Reader wrote: "Holly Boaz stole the show in a
masterful performance as the spoiled, coquettish Musetta. This accomplished
soprano sang seductively, and her character was irresistibly gleeful."
This season, Ms. Boaz makes debuts with Tacoma Opera as Eurydice in
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and with the Auburn Symphony as
Marenka in Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. She sings several recitals
around Washington State, and appears as a guest artist in recital at the
University of Wisconsin Madison. She returns to the Bellevue Philharmonic for
Mozart’s Requiem and to Opera Quad Cities for her first performances of
Gilda in Rigoletto.
For the 2006-2007 season Ms. Boaz joined the Seattle Opera Young
Artists Program, where she studied the role of Cleopatra in Händel’s Giulio
Cesare and performed the roles of Micaëla in The Tragedy of Carmen
and Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff under the baton of Dean Williamson.
Other highlights included her Pacific Northwest concert debut with the Bellevue
Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah, and a special invitation to present a
Recital at the 60th Aldeburgh Festival.
During the 2005-2006 season, Ms. Boaz was featured as Despina in
Così fan tutte with Opera Quad Cities and as Musetta in La Bohème
with the Midland Symphony Orchestra. She appeared as the Sparrow in Tony
Kushner’s poignant adaptation of Hans Krasá’s Brundibár with Music of
Remembrance and Gerard Schwarz, which she then recorded for the NAXOS label
(released 12/06). She then traveled to Marilyn Horne’s Music Academy of the West
in Santa Barbara for performances of the Contessa di Folleville in Rossini’s
Il Viaggio a Reims, Violetta in scenes from La Traviata, and an
Irving Berlin cabaret.
Other recent seasons included Ms. Boaz’s debut with Connecticut
Opera as the High Priestess in Verdi's Aida, Konstanze in Die
Entführung aus dem Serail at the Aspen Music Festival, and concert
performances of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem,
and Bach’s Mass in B minor and Magnificat.
Ms. Boaz is a dedicated recitalist, having studied and performed at
the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, England, and at the Art Song Festival
at Baldwin-Wallace College (formerly the Cleveland Art Song Festival). She has
been a guest recitalist for the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Lutheran
University, the University of Puget Sound, the Saugerties Pro Musica Series in
upstate New York, and the Midland Symphony Showcase Series in
Michigan. Ms. Boaz has also been a featured soloist in concert with the Bellevue
Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, the New Haven Chorale, and the SUNY New
Paltz Chamber Orchestra.
Numerous organizations have honored her with awards including the
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Association of
Teachers of Singing, the Schubert Club, the Richardson Awards, and the Sun
Valley Opera Competition. Ms. Boaz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin
School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Hilldale Fellowship Award
for her research on nineteenth-century French women composers. She holds an M.M.
from The Hartt School, where she was the recipient of the Berkowitz Opera
Scholarship. She was offered a fellowship to study and perform at the
prestigious Aspen Music Festival where she worked for two summers with mentors
Edward Berkeley, Vinson Cole, and Carol Vaness. She currently studies with
renowned dramatic soprano, Jane Eaglen. Ms. Boaz joins the voice department of
Pacific Lutheran University in the fall of 2007.