Hailed by the New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Earlier this year, he created the role of Raymond Shaw in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera. Opera News raved, “He sang beautifully, particularly in the upper reaches of his voice, with perfect diction.” In 2015-16 he leads another highly anticipated world premiere with Fort Worth Opera as John F. Kennedy in David T. Little & Royce Vavrek’s JFK – an intimate portrait of the President and First Lady on the eve of the President’s fateful trip to Dallas.
The 2015-16 season also includes Matthew’s return to Opera Memphis as Silvio in I Pagliacci, his house and role debut with Opera Birmingham in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Green Sneakers, his debut with the Colorado Symphony in Carmina Burana, and another work by David T. Little: the southeastern premiere of Soldier Songs in Matthew’s Atlanta Opera debut. Future seasons include Naga, a world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects, and returns to Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera.
Along with The Manchurian Candidate in the 2014-15 season, Matthew debuted with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana, made his role debut as Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with Dayton Opera, and premiered songs by Gregg Kallor at Subculture in New York City. He also made his European debut as Lieutenant Audebert in the European premiere of Silent Night with Wexford Festival Opera, for which Opera Today lauded “his sensitive phrasing and well-centred baritone.”
Also lauded for his work in the standard operatic repertoire, Matthew’s Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) was deemed “vocally impeccable … open and incisive” by Boston Classical Review. Other notable roles include Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Valentin (Faust), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia). He has performed leading roles at Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Castleton Festival, Tanglewood Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, under such luminary conductors as James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Sir Andrew Davis.
Matthew is a committed recitalist and active concert soloist. He has recently performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was praised by the New York Times as “simply superb, singing with exquisite sensitivity”. Matthew made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under James DePriest while still a student at the Juilliard Opera Center. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the Richmond Choral Society in Carmina Burana and has since been featured in concerts with the Atlanta Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has performed with conductors Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano and James Conlon.”
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