Singer, Actor, Musician, Translator
Interpreting the Musical Canon
John Boulanger is a singer, actor, chorister, and church musician in the greater Washington, DC area. His repertoire encompasses sacred and secular works for the concert hall, stage and church, everything from Gregorian chant to 21st century music theatre works and operas, and just about everything in between—from Dufay to Duruflé and Schubert to Shoenberg. Whatever the genre, John believes communication is the ultimate goal, whether through the spoken or sung text or through various non-verbal means.
He has sung in the Washington National Opera Chorus since 1988, giving more than 400 performances of more than 45 different operas at the Kennedy Center Opera House, DAR Constitution Hall, and in Tokyo and Yokahama, Japan. With The Forgotten Opera Company, based in Montgomery Country, Maryland, he has performed the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tartuffe by Kirke Mechem. Last summer he took part in the world premiere of the opera Do Not Disturb, by Sean McArdle-Pflueger and Laura Fuentes. With the Alliance for New Music Theatre he participated in the recording of a new music theatre work under development, based on the life of Amelia Earhart, and in workshops for A Woman Changed into a Fox.
Since retiring from the federal government, he is devoting more time to performing, and among other projects in the works, is preparing a series of recitals that will present all three of Franz Schubert’s song cycles: Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and Schwanengesang.