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.
July 10, 2018