This song trips so many of my triggers, with a vocal line that sounds like it could have been written by John Dowland, and an accompaniment that has some of the delicate twists, turns, and bizarre musical punctuation of Poulenc.
Peter Warlock: Sleep
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Singer and composer Matt Boehler has been hailed by The New York Timesas “a bass with an attitude and the goods to back it up,” and the San Francisco Classical Voice for music that “harnesses considerable expressive power.” As a singer, he has been heard in some of classical music’s most prestigious venues, including appearances with The Metropolitan Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Canadian Opera Company, Dallas Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center, among many others. He is happy to be a member of the NYFOS family, having joined the roster for the world premieres of Bastianello and Lucretia, as well as the programs Where We Come From and Manning the Canon: Songs of Gay Life. As a writer, his song cycle Foursquare Cathedral was awarded first prize in the 2017 NATS Art Song Composition Competition. Some recent and upcoming commissions include works for Washington National Opera, Victory Hall Opera, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.