Featured in the The New York Times, Classical Singer, and in the New Yorker’s talk of the town, American baritone Lucas Bouk is a renowned singer-actor. Whether taking the lead as Don Giovanni or bringing to life a supporting role, Bouk captivates audiences. “A performance to remember,” raved OperaWire.
Bouk begins 2023 singing his first title role as a baritone: Don Giovanni with Ouroboros Opera in March. He returns to Teatro Grattacielo & Camerata Bardi to reprise the role in June. In May he sings Baron in La Traviata with City Lyric Opera. Other engagements include Hannah-Younger in As One with Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera, a role he performed in 2022 with Opera Steamboat and Lyric Opera of the North. In August Lucas joins Opera Queens in Montreal for several cabaret-style performances celebrating queer artists as Marc-Antoine in Massenet’s Cleopatre.
Lucas decided to begin his physical and vocal transition with testosterone during the COVID pandemic. His voice changed in March 2021 and he has been retraining with teachers Katherine Ciesinski and Michael Chioldi.
Lucas made his official baritone debut with On Site Opera in August 2021, when his new instrument was only 5 months old. During 2022 Lucas sang Masetto and Leporello in Don Giovanni, covered and performed in concerts at Carnegie Hall, created new roles with The American Opera Project / NYU Tisch Opera Lab, headlined with ChamberQUEER’s Pride Festival at National Sawdust and prepared roles from the traditional canon including Schaunard in La Boheme, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.
Prior to 2020, Lucas performed as a mezzo-soprano. In the 2019 season he made his Lincoln Center debut with New York City Opera as Sarah in the World Premiere of Stonewall and performed Hannah-after in As One with Alamo City Opera and again at Alchemical Studios in NYC. He is the first artist to have sung both the mezzo and baritone roles in As One, a popular American chamber opera.
Lucas’ previous instrument was described as a “silky mezzo” (New York Times), a “shimmering alto” (Observer), and an “impressive firmly-grounded contralto” (Opera News) He has preformed with many companies including Syracuse Opera, New York City Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Anonymous Ensemble, The Curiosity Cabinet, The Center for Contemporary Opera, and The Society for New Music. Lucas holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and The University of Cincinnati, CCM in vocal performance.
Lucas is a proud transgender man and is incredibly happy to be singing again: with his new and authentic voice.