Matthew Worth Interview for Arts Chat – Listen
Hailed by the Dallas Morning News for his “dashing, fine bright baritone” and the New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive,” Matthew Worth was recently the featured “Sound Bites” artist in Opera News, and is enjoying successes on both the operatic and concert stages, in all styles from the Renaissance to new repertoire.
In season 2011-12 Matthew Worth makes his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, with Opera Memphis as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and with Minnesota Opera as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. Also in 2011-12 he returns to Virginia Opera as the title role in Philip Glass’ Orphée, reprises the role of Charlie in Heggie’s Three Decembers in his Fort Worth Opera debut, and sings Curly in Oklahoma! with Central City Opera. In the summer of 2011 he made his debut with Santa Fe Opera as Valentin in Gounod’s Faust. His 2012-13 season engagements include singing as Father Flynn in the world premiere of the operatic adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt in a return to Minnesota Opera, as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Memphis, as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Boston Lyric Opera, as Billy in Carousel in a return to Virginia Opera, and as Tomes in Smetana’s The Kiss in his debut with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Recent engagements include his debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, also with Connecticut Concert Opera; with Boston Lyric Opera as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; his continuing collaboration with Lorin Maazel as Tarqinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the University of California at Berkeley; singing as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with New Orleans Opera Association, and appearing as soloist with New York Festival of Song in a program entitled “Manning the Canon: Songs of Gay Life.”
Other recent highlights include a return to Chicago Opera Theater as Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers; Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with New Orleans Opera; the title role in Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera; Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld with Central City Opera; Messiah at University of Richmond; concert performances of The Grapes of Wrath with Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall; singing as soloist in a holiday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra; in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Runnicles; the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave in a return to Chicago Opera Theater; Silvio in I Paglacci with Opera Company of North Carolina; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Grand Rapids; Danilo in The Merry Widow with Dayton Opera; and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Syracuse Opera; joining the roster of the Metropolitan Opera; his return to Chateauville Foundation to reprise Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, under conductor Lorin Maazel; singing excerpts from Il barbiere di Siviglia and as soloist in Carmina Burana with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under Robert Spano; and performing as Onegin in Eugene Onegin at the Chautauqua Institution.
Mr. Worth also appeared as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm in A Little Night Music with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and at the Tanglewood Music Center, toured with Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart conducting) performing music of Leonard Bernstein, and sang at Tanglewood in a program with the Mark Morris Dance Group. As a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center he sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte under conductor James Levine. Among other recent successes are performances of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Guglielmo with Opera Naples, his debut with Chicago Opera Theater debut as Claudio in Béatrice et Bénédict, performances of Schulhoff’s Die Wolkenpumpe with the ACJW Ensemble at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Carmina Burana with both the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and several re-engagements with New York Festival of Song.
Mr. Worth’s career highlights include originating roles in two different world premieres: the lead role of William Shrike in Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts with the Juilliard Opera Center and the role of the Coachman in Stephen Hartke’s The Greater Good at Glimmerglass Opera (recorded for the Naxos label). He made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem under James DePriest, his Alice Tully Hall debut in Carmina Burana with the Richmond Choral Society, and he performed selections from Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with pianist Brian Zeger at Zankel Hall. As a member of the Juilliard Opera Center, Mr. Worth appeared as Demetrius in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, L’Horloge Comtoise in L’enfant et les sortileges, and Simeon in L’enfant prodigue. He also performed the title role in Modus Opera’s inaugural production of Don Giovanni, Morales in Carmen with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis under Dean Williamson, and Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Chautauqua Voice Program.
An active concert soloist, Mr. Worth’s symphonic credits include Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Missa Brevis and Mass in C Minor, and Schubert’s G Major Mass. Recently he joined the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus in a concert of Renaissance polyphony entitled “The Glory of Venice,” where he performed Gabrielli’s In ecclesis. He has also performed as a soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem. At Glimmerglass he presented a recital of works by Gabriel Fauré, Nadia Boulanger and Marc Blitzstein with pianist David Moody.
Mr. Worth is the winner of the 2008 Connecticut Opera Competition, the recipient of a 2007 Sullivan Grant, a 2006 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the 2006 DeRosa Career Grant, a 2006 grant from the Julian Autrey Song Foundation, the 2005 Roy Jesson Prize for Outstanding Alumni from the University of Richmond, an Encouragement Grant in 2005 from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and was a finalist in the 2005 Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition.