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Handel Messiah
in Bavaria

September 30, 2018

Accompanied by the Kammer Orchester Munich and the Augsburger Domsingknaben, Matthew Swensen sang his first Messiah at the beloved Frauenkirche in Günzburg, Germany.

Critics praised Mr. Swensen’s performance: “Matthew Swensen's weightlessly softly styled tenor was made for the fluid, far-reaching melodies of melismas and elaborate modulations of recitatives and arias.” Stefan Steineman Johannes Kammler were the alto and baritone soloists, conducted by Reinhard Kammler.

This is Matthew’s second appearance with the Domsingknaben: he made his debut in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium in December 2017. He was praised for “Crowning the solo arias…” with his “bright, clear rich in overtone” voice. “impressing with this “smooth coloratura.” (Courtesy of the Augsburger Allgemeine)

Augsburg Allgemeine Feature: Weihe, Wonne, Wehmut



Tamino at Oper Frankfurt

September 10, 2018

World Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791.
 A sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte in the original German) was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score.

Matthew Swensen was praised for his debut in the role: “A Powerful yet Beautifully Sung Tamino” wrote the Frankfurter Neue Presse.

Future performance include December 19th and 23rd with Louise Alder as Pamina and Gordon Binter as Papageno.


Season Preview

July 10, 2018


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. Later in 2019 he makes his debut with the prestigious ensemble La Cetra as the tenor soloist in two performances of Bach's Johannes Passion in Zürich and Basel, Switzerland. 

Matthew makes his debut this season as an ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt, under the direction of intendant Bernd Loebe and GMD Sebastian Weigle.

For up to date performance information, stay tuned to the current season’s performance calendar.

For Ticketing Information, please visit Oper Frankfurt, La Cetra, and the Augsburger Domsingknaben.