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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 Oper Frankfurt in February 2019 with songs of Liszt, Britten and Dvorak. Also in Spring 2019, Matthew makes his debut with Orchester La Cetera as the tenor soloist in two performances of Bach's Johannes Passion in Basel, led by musical director Andrea Marcon. He will also make another debut, with the Hamburg Symphoniker Orchester, again as the tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion.
The 2017/18 season marked Matthew Swensen's European debut with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester in the role of Christgeist in Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, receiving critical acclaim; “the tenors, above all Matthew Swensen, performed their duties with absolute nobility,” wrote the Münchner Merker. He made his debut at Oper Basel in Switzerland as Aufidio for a new production of Mozart's Lucio Silla directed by Hans Neufelds and lead by conductor Eric Nielsen that same fall. He was the Evangelist and tenor soloist during Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Residenz Kammer Orchester München and the Augsburger Domsingknaben. He appeared as a guest soloist with the Basel Symphoniker in a concert of Mozart selections, where he was praised for having "a bright, joyful coloratura voice as well as excellent technique" by the Badische Zeitung.
A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, in the 2016/17 season he was the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Lincoln Center, the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, and sang the role of Bill in Juilliard Opera’s Flight which was praised by Opera News, writing that Matthew “Sang with the sweet tones of a Disney Prince.” He made his debut at Juilliard Opera as Le Fils in Poulenc's Mamelles de Tiresias; Opera News praised Matthew's debut saying that he "sounded uncannily french, every syllable of the text delightful to hear." Numerous concerts and recitals included a performance of Britten's Canticle I and II with Roger Vingoles, and countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlínski in Paul Recital Hall at Lincoln Center, following two lied recitals in Alice Tully Hall during their Wednesday’s at One series.
Other appearances in the United States include the Wolftrap Opera, where he was a member of the opera studio, Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, with the National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Masterclass participation and performances include Graham Johnson, Stephanie Blythe and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Matthew first made his Carnegie Hall debut in The Song Continues Festival in January 2016. Already an accomplished singer of oratorio, credits include Bach's St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, Bruckner's Mass in F, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn’s Creation and a performance Handel's Messiah in Boston at age 19. Matthew Swensen is a student of Robert Swensen and Kathryn Cowdrick.