About Max Rydqvist
Max Rydqvist, baritone, graduated with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University (2018) and with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York at Binghamton (2016).
Residing as an active freelance vocal performer in the city of Boston, Max presently engages as ensemble member and soloist with the Cantata Singers of Boston and also as a soloist/section leader at the Church on the Hill of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem.
He has recently performed with local companies and organizations such as MassOpera, Odyssey Opera, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, Opera51, Opera on Tap Boston, and St. Columbkille Parish. This coming spring season he will be performing the role of Ping in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Opera51 in Concord, Massachusetts, the bass Shepherd in John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis” with the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble, and will be featuring as a soloist in a recital with the Chamber Series of the Cantata Singers.
Beyond opera, Max is an avid art song and church singer who has participated in many recitals and concert performances during his time as a freelancer in Boston. A native of Stockholm, Sweden and former resident of Norway, Max specializes in Nordic song repertoire. As a performing artist he is endeavoring to shed more light upon this exclusive body of poetry and music and is dedicated to disseminating its riches to American singers and audiences.
Having already performed a number of academic and professional recitals featuring this music, he plans to host his own independent Nordic recital this year which will seek to highlight some of the most representative qualities of this unique canon of art song.
After several years of immersion in pedagogic study – which has included engagements in events such as the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Summer Conference and the Boston Conservatory Vocal Pedagogy Workshop – Max formally began teaching in 2021.
Max is fervent about exploiting each arena of vocal knowledge – teaching, researching, and performing – for the mutual benefit of each, both for his personal growth and for the enhancement of his students. He is presently enrolled as an associate member of NATS and is a participant in the local Boston Chapter. Max also holds a professional membership with the Voice Foundation.