Johnny Boehlefeld is excited to be returning to South Bend Lyric Opera in the role of Don Alfonso. He has performed with ensembles throughout the United States and in England. Johnny has also been featured on television, when his solo performance during the Ordination of the Bishop of Rockford was broadcast on EWTN television network.
Johnny’s operatic roles span the entire history of the genre from Seneca in Montiverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea(1643) to Sheriff in Flloyd’s Cold Sassy Tree (2000). In 2013, Johnny was a Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist at the Sugar Creek Festival. In addition to performing in Flloyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, he also sang scenes from Menotti’s The Consol and Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath in the American Opera Scenes program. Johnny has also performed with Verismo Opera Theater as The Baron in La Traviata, with the Northern Illinois University Opera Theater as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte , and with Opera Notre Dame as Le Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites. His other roles and performances include Doctor Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore; Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro; the Father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel; Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief; Count Robinson in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto; various roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Slook in Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio; and Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
Also a passionate concert performer, Johnny has appeared with Musical Arts Indiana’s Verper Chorale and Orchestra, the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, the Rock Valley College Concert Choir, and the Elysian Voices. His oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah, Dubois’s Seven Last Words of Christ, Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio; Hayden’s Stabat Mater; Britten’s Cantata Misericordium; and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols.
Johnny is also an ardent recitalist. Most recently, he performed “Portraits of Passion” in both Boston, Massachusetts, and Mishawaka, Indiana, with Mezzo-Soprano Lisa Bloom and Wishart Bell as pianist. His solo repertoire includes works from Haydn and Mozart to Tosti and Duparc with a focus on the works of Schubert, Brahms, and Dvořák.
Johnny studies with Myron Myers of Northern Illinois University, where Johnny received his Performer’s Certificate in 2012. Currently, he resides in South Bend, IN, with his wife, Kathryn.
Johnny made his SBLO debut during its inaugural season, as Marcello in La Boheme, in the spring of 2016 and subsequently return to perform Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore and Lord Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor.