Associate Professor of Voice
Tenor Tony Boutté has established himself as a first-rate singer of many styles, including opera, art song, oratorio, and chamber music from the Baroque period to today. Performing regularly in the United States and Europe, one of his biggest successes to date was as the title character in the world premier production of Arjuna’s Dilemma (Douglas J. Cuomo) produced at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Opera News praised his work saying “His performance was so pure and emotional, his tenor so exciting…” The New York Times agreed, saying that he gave “a vulnerable and anguished performance.” Other critical praise has come for his performances of works by Haydn (“Boutté …sang with bel canto flexibility and sweetness”—Opera News), Handel (“…fluent and flexible in line”—LA Times), Britten (“Boutté’s upper register gleamed”—Miami Herald) and as the title character in the world premier of Michael Dellaira’s The Death of Webern (“His fine tenor was both powerful and dulcetly colored... he was a paragon of verbal clarity.”—Miami Herald).
On the operatic stage, Tony Boutté’s professional debut came in the title role of Orfeo in the groundbreaking Monteverdi Cycle with Skylight Opera of Milwaukee. Since then he has appeared in a wide range of roles, including Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Acis in Handel’s Acis & Galatea opposite soprano Elizabeth Futral, and Gandhi in the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha. Tony is especially known for his work in contemporary opera, performing in numerous world premiers, including works by Philip Glass, Douglas J. Cuomo, David Lang, Michael Dellaira, John Eaton, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.
Tony Boutté has performed as soloist with top-notch ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, Tafelmusik, Les Talens Lyriques, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, New York Collegium, Les Violons du Roy, Boston Baroque, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Musica Angelica. His numerous recordings and performances of contemporary works include John Eaton’s Benjamin Button (Symphony Space), Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas Cuomo (BAM), Michael Gordon’s Chaos, Betsy Jolas’ Motet III, Bang on a Can’s Carbon Copy Building and In the Penal Colony by Philip Glass. A prolific recording artist, Tony has recorded a wide range of material, from Bach’s St. John Passion (Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra) and operas by Lully (Armide) and Sacchini (Oedipe à Colone) to world premier recordings of Carbon Copy Building, Arjuna’s Dilemma, and Einstein’s Inconsistency by Thomas Sleeper. Upcoming recordings include Gabriel Fauré: The Complete Verlaine Settings (Edition Peters Sounds) and Chamber Music of Boismortier with ARCANUM Ensemble (Centaur Records).
Tony Boutté has appeared in many prestigious venues, including Cité de la Musique (Paris), Mozarteum’s Großer Saal (Vienna), Opera Royal de Versailles (France), Lincoln Center (NYC), Kennedy Center (DC), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Washington National Cathedral (DC) and Walt Disney Hall (LA). His festival appearances include Aspen Music Festival (USA), Bard Festival (USA), Schleswig-Holstien (Germany), Settembre Musica Torino (Italy), Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele (Austria), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), Versailles Festival (France) and Tage Alte Muzik Regensburg (Germany). In 2006 Tony made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Handel’s Messiah with Masterwork Chorus.
A native of Louisiana, Tony Boutté holds a BA from Louisiana Tech University, an MM from Eastman School of Music, and a DMA from University of Maryland. Tony also studied at the Britten-Pears School (Aldeburgh, UK) where he coached many works by Benjamin Britten with the late tenor, Sir Peter Pears. In addition, Tony has coached with some of the great art song interpreters of our time, including Suzanne Danco, Hans Hotter, Hugues Cuenod, Ian Partridge, and Jan Degaetani. An active pedagogue, Tony has taught at University of Miami, University of Delaware, Towson University and University of Maryland. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Sam Houston State University (Texas). In addition, Tony co-directs ARCANUM, a baroque ensemble now based in Houston, and is artistic director of New American Voices, an initiative created to champion and perform new American works for voice through the collaboration of singer and composer. For more information, visit www.tonyboutte.com.