Matthew Swensen
The second part of the concert was devoted to Mozart with the participation of Matthew Swensen and his enchanting, warm and softly floating tenor voice as well as his excellent technique. Both, in Belmonte’s aria, ‘Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke” and in the concert aria KV 431.
— BADISCHE ZEITUNG | Concert Debut with the Basel Symphoniker

With his thrilling coloratura, impeccable artistry, critically and popularly acclaimed operatic and oratorio performances worldwide, tenor Matthew Swensen has quickly established himself as a rising talent in the classical music world through his joyful, lyric singing. The 2018/19 season begins with Matthew Swensen's debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Oper Frankfurt. Further performances in Frankfurt include Camille in Lehar's Die Lustige Witwe, a new double-bill production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, and as Flavio in Bellini's Norma with Elza van den Heever in the title role. He will be the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Residenz Kammer-Orchester München and the Augsburger Domsingknaben. 

He will make his European Recital Debut at Opernhaus Frankfurt in February 2019 with songs of Schubert, Beethoven and Britten. Also in Spring 2019, Matthew makes his debut with Orchester La Cetra as the tenor soloist in a performance of Bach's Johannes Passion in Basel, Switzerland, led by musical director Andrea Marcon. This follows his debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in another concert performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.

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Tragedia lirica in zwei Akten, Text von Felice Romani
nach der Tragödie Norma ou L’Infanticide (1831) von Alexandre Soumet
Uraufführung am 26. Dezember 1831, Teatro alla Scala, Mailand

Director Christof Loy Norma Elza van den Heever Pollione Stefano La Colla
Adalgisa Dshamilja Kaiser Oroveso James Creswell Clotilde Julia Moorman *
Flavio Matthew Swensen

Matthew Swensen as Camille de Rosillon, who is infatuated with Valencienne, was excellently done and with a lot of melting in his voice (also with very classy highnotes.)