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Matthew Swensen

Guest of the Opera


The German-born American tenor, Matthew Swensen makes her National Theatre Opera debut in 2021/22 season in the role of Daland's steersman in Der fliegende Holländer (the State Opera new production). Since his 2017 debut with the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra at age 24, Matthew Swensen has made debuts all over Europe. The 2018/19 season began with his debut as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Oper Frankfurt as the youngest member of their ensemble. Further performances in Frankfurt included Camille in Lehar's Die lustige Witwe, Alméric in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, Le Berger in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex, Flavio in Bellini's Norma, Don Ottavio (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Alberto (Rossini: La Gazetta) and Basilio/Don Curzio (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro). In March 2021 he made his debut with Maggio Musicale Firenze as Ferrando (Mozart: Così fan tutte) under the baton of Zubin Mehta. He trained at the Julliard School in New York and was the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at Lincoln Centre, the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, and in November 2016, he sang the role of Bill (Joanthan Dove: Flight) in Julliard Opera. Together with pianist Katelan Terrell, he won the Jean Meikle Prize Best Duo Prize in Wigmore Hall’s 2019 International Song Competition. He has a busy concert career having performed at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Konzerthaus Hannover, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.