American contralto Davia Bouley is attracting attention from US and European audiences alike for her distinctive rich voice and her alluring stage presence. She has performed with opera companies and music festivals all over the United States and Europe, including Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Amarillo Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, the Round Top Music Festival and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
In the 2021/2022 season at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Davia will return to reprise her roles as Hippolyta in A Midsummer NIght's Dream, Delia in Il Viaggio a Reims and also house debut the role of Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte. She makes her role debut as Flosshilde in a concert tour of Loriot’s Der Ring an einem Abend with the Weimar Staatskappelle which includes performances at the Philharmonie in Munich and Berlin, the Stuttgart Liederhalle and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden among others.
In the 2019/2020 season, Davia returned to Deutsche Oper Berlin as the Beggar Woman in the revival of Graham Vick's production of Death In Venice and as Hippolyta in the new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream under the baton of Sir Donald Runnicles.
In the 2017/2018 season, Davia made her house debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in their new production of Meyerbeer's Le Prophète. She then went on to perform several more roles at Deutsche Oper, including Zweite Dame in Das Märchen von der Zauberflöte, Delia in the highly successful premiere of Il Viaggio a Reims and Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana. In the 2016/2017 season, she made her role debut as the title character in Carmen with the Bay View Music Festival. She received rave reviews on her "smooth and beautiful voice" and critics commented that "Bouley is on her way to great heights." Other recent debuts include Silver Dollar in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Amarillo Opera where she enticed audiences with her interpretation of the sultry jazz number and as the alto soloist with the Round Top Music Festival in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under the baton of Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini.
As a young artist in the United States, Davia has performed many operatic roles including Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte for which she was hailed as a "Sparkling Talent" and Giovanna in Rigoletto with Cincinnati Opera. She brought a "Nervous Reality" to the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Aspen Music Festival. Davia displayed her diversity as a performer as Little Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with Indianapolis Opera, and her "Beautiful" Meg Page in Falstaff was well received at the Bay View Music Festival. She also had the opportunity to explore several roles while covering Maddalena in Rigoletto with Cincinnati Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Siebel in Faust with Indianapolis Opera.
As a concert soloist, Davia has performed many notable works in the alto repertoire, including Bach's Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Choral Fantasy, Debussy’s Trois Chansons, and Handel’s Messiah. She has also performed contemporary works such as George Crumb’s Unto the Hills and Jean Berger’s Five Songs on Poems of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots with the Grandin Festival in Cincinnati, OH. As a recitalist, she recently performed with the Berlin Art Song Festival in their inaugural season presenting songs by Kurt Weill and William Bolcom.
A native of Southern California, she received her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Voice at Pepperdine University, under the tutelage of Henry Price. She earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as a student of Kenneth Shaw.