One of CBC’s 2019 ‘30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30,’ Canadian Matthew Cairns is making a name for himself as one of the most exciting tenors on the rise.
In the 2023/24 season, Mr. Cairns makes his Wagner debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser. He then performs in Bravissimo Opera’s Greatest Hits concert with the Canadian Opera Company and makes his debut in France as Nicias in Thaïs with Opéra de Toulon. Finally, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Leonard in Kevin Puts’ new opera, The Hours.
In his first year in the Lindemann Young Artists Program, Mr. Cairns made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Messenger in Aida and covered Bob Boles in Peter Grimes. He also performed as Macduff in Macbeth at the Canadian Opera Company and Don José in Carmen at Des Moines Metro Opera.Read more
As a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Mr. Cairns appeared as the Prince of Persia in Turandot, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Gamekeeper in Rusalka, and covered Alfredo in La traviata. He performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Liberto in The Coronation of Poppea with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Detlef in The Student Prince at the Chautauqua Institution, where he placed first in its Sigma Alpha Iota Competition. Other roles performed include Count Belfiore in La finta giardiniera, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Sam Sharkey/Lumberjack in Paul Bunyan.
Mr. Cairns was a Grand Finals winner of the 2022 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition and a finalist in the 2022 Neue Stimmen competition. He was the First Prize winner of the 2018 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition and winner of the CBC Music Young Artist Development Prize. He earned his master’s degree in opera performance at the University of Toronto.