"[Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer] can so effortlessly move from that kind of sound that is so clear
it’s like looking in a stream and
seeing the pebbles at the bottom,
and it can be so dark that you want to wrap yourself up in the warmth of that cloak."
- CD of the Week (KBAQ)
Soprano Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer was born and raised in Mexico, where, as the daughter of a pianist and arranger, she was surrounded by music from an early age. As a teenager, after moving to Southern California, she pursued vocal studies with Genevieve McDowell. Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, where her teachers included Edna Garabedian, George Buckbee, and Mark Ross Clark. She received a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where her teachers included Marcia Baldwin and Richard Pearlman. She undertook additional studies at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, through a Finlandia Foundation Scholarship, where she worked with Mirja Klemi, Ralf Gothoni, and Ilmo Ranta. She presently works with Kathleen Darragh. During her period of study, Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer received recognition at vocal competitions including the Young Artists Competition in Redlands (CA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
As a performing artist, Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer has undertaken a broad repertoire, covering many historical periods, styles, and genres—as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and in opera. Her roles, both on stage and in concert performances, have included The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Violetta in La Traviata, First Lady in The Magic Flute, Lucinda in The Veil, Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. In oratorio and concert works, she has appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy, Bach’s Magnificat, Herbert Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Brevis, and Vesperae solennes de Confessore, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, among others.
As a founding member of the chamber ensemble Colloquy, Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer performed throughout California and in the Midwest. With a particular interest in contemporary music, she has performed or recorded works by composers such as Peter Boyer, Mark Carlson, Jason Haney, John Harbison, and David Lefkowitz. She has also performed in recital many songs of Latin American composers, such as Carlos Guastavino, Diego Luzuriaga, Juan Bautista Plaza, Eduardo Fabini, Ernesto Cordero, and Carlos López Buchardo, and and recorded an album of boleros and other Mexican and Latin American popular songs with her late father, pianist Tito Enriquez.
In addition to her work as a performer, Ms. Kleinecke-Boyer maintains an active teaching schedule. She is presently an adjunct faculty member at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate University, and she also maintains a private studio for vocal instruction.
“Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer has a warm, full sounding soprano voice with a particularly rich, pleasing upper register. There is an old-fashioned, Eleanor Steber-like quality to her singing that’s appropriate to Hoiby’s songs... Performances that are technically strong and musically communicative... Both musicians are persuasive advocates for a composer whose music should be better known.”
"[Kleinecke-Boyer] has a wonderful vibrato that simply shimmers on long notes,
and she is able to emotionally capture every high and low in the nineteen songs."