Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Boyd Mackus

Lecturer in Voice

University of Illinois (M.M.)

Michigan State University, (M. Ed.)

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (B.M.)

Mackus has enjoyed success in a wide variety of operatic, theater, and concert repertoire throughout the United States. He has appeared in major roles with the Goldovsky Grand Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, and the Urbana, IL Symphony. Earning particular acclaim in the operetta and musical theater arena, Mr. Mackus has performed several leading and featured roles in works of Kalman, Lehar, Offenbach, Romberg, Strauss, Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Lowe and others. ("Boyd Mackus in the title role was masterful in his machinations, both vocally and histrionically taking command when asked to do so and forcefully holding to it." Cleveland Press) Orchestral appearances have included works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms, Fauré, Vaughan Williams, and Orff with the Akron, Youngstown, Palm Beach, Evansville, and Canton Symphonies. ("[Mackus] is a dynamic and commanding singer with a marvelous voice that the ear reaches out to hear whenever he sings ... He single-handedly lifted the chorus and orchestra to its finest work of the evening." Grand Rapids Press)

An active recitalist, a recent art song project of Mr. Mackus was documented on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" with Susan Stamberg, and his performance of Schubert's Winterreise was recorded live at the Cleveland Museum of Art and also featured on that network. ("Mackus sang with rich resonance, lovely line and mature musicianship." Cleveland Plain Dealer)  Recent recitals have included liederabends at CAMI Hall in NewYork City and Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch at the Goethe Institute in New York City with soprano Suzanne Woods and pianist David Holkeboer.

Operatic roles include Rossini's Figaro, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio and Silvio in I Pagliacci, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi. Mr. Mackus holds degrees from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (B.M.), Michigan State University, (M. Ed.), and the University of Illinois (M.M.) where he was a student of Grace Wilson and John Wustman. He was a member of the voice faculty at Kent State University, where he was head of the vocal division. Mr. Mackus has recorded on the Newport Classics and Albany Records labels.


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